Lampedusa toll at 311 as Italy divers finish boat search

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Italian divers say they have finished searching a boat that sank carrying migrants from Africa, as the death toll from the accident reached 311.

An Italian coast guard official said the hunt for victims would go on beyond the wreck near the island of Lampedusa.

Nine more bodies were recovered on Thursday, a week after the overcrowded boat caught fire, capsized and sank.

Only 155 people were rescued of more than 500 migrants, mostly Somalis and Eritreans, on the boat from Libya.

At least 50 passengers were still missing, according to those on board.

“There are no more bodies inside the wreckage. The search will continue in areas outside the wreckage,” a coast guard official said, according to Agence France-Presse.

Divers from Italy’s coast guard, military and emergency services have all taken part in the operation to recover victims from a depth of about 50m (164ft).

Source: BBC News

 

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