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At Least 114 Killed in Shipwreck Near Italian Island

Updated information: ROME (AP) - Italy's coast guard says divers have seen at least another 20 bodies around a migrant boat on the sea floor after it capsized off the southern island of Lampedusa, raising the death toll in the shipwreck to at least 114 people.
   
Cmdr. Floriana Segreto says "divers of the coast guard have found the boat on the sea floor at a depth of 40 meters (130 feet). ... The divers have yet to go inside the boat."
   
She added that they are waiting for the weather to improve Thursday and will then start recovering more bodies.
   
It was one of the deadliest recent accidents in the perilous Mediterranean Sea crossing for African migrants seeking a new life in the European Union.

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ROME (AP) - An Italian official says 94 bodies have been found in the migrant shipwreck off the Italian island of Lampedusa but more than 200 people are still unaccounted for.
   
Pietro Bartolo, the top health official on Lampedusa, said Thursday he expected the toll to rise as search operations continue. He spoke to Sky TG24.
   
The Italian coast guard says the ship that was trying to smuggle Africans into Europe caught fire as the migrants neared Lampedusa and capsized, spilling hundreds of passengers into the sea.  Some 150 people have been rescued.

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