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Italian coast guard finds 12 more migrant bodies

AP , Wednesday 16 Oct 2019
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The Italian coast guard says it has located the bodies of 12 people, including an infant, who drowned in a shipwreck last week off the southernmost Italian island of Lampedusa.

Authorities were beginning the recovery of the bodies from near a sunken wooden boat on Wednesday.

The discovery, using a remotely operated vehicle, brings to at least 25 the number of people who died Oct. 7 when the overloaded boat capsized as an Italian vessel approached to begin rescue. Twenty-two people who were catapulted into the sea survived, and as many as five remain missing.

The smugglers' boat had departed Tunisia, with about 50 people on board, mostly West Africans and Tunisians.

Also Wednesday, the coast guard said that 180 migrants rescued a day earlier 35 nautical miles off Lampedusa were brought to the Sicilian island.

 

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