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Italy: Refugee Boat Sinking, 100s Feared Lost

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

October 4, 2013

Map of the disaster area: Image CCL

Map of the disaster area: Image CCL

At least 130 African migrants have died and many more are missing after a boat carrying them to Europe sank off the southern Italian island of Lampedusa. A total of 103 bodies have been recovered and more have been found inside the wreck, reported BBC News citing local coast guards.

Passengers reportedly threw themselves into the sea when a fire broke out on board. More than 150 of the migrants have been rescued. Most of those on board were from Eritrea and Somalia.

According to the BBC News report, the boat was believed to have been carrying up to 500 people at the time, and some 200 are unaccounted for.

Source: BBC News

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