WITN  | Greenville, NC  | News, Weather, Sports

NEW INFO: Reports Say 94 Dead After Shipwreck Near Sicily

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Nino Randazzo, EPA

Nino Randazzo, EPA

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.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)


PREVIOUS STORY:

Italian officials say the death toll in the shipwreck off Sicily of a boat carrying African migrants has reached 78.

Antonio Candela, the government's health commissioner for Palermo, is quoted by LaPresse news agency as saying 159 people have been rescued but that the boat is believed to have been carrying some 500 people, meaning around 250 are still unaccounted-for.

In an indication of the scale of the unfolding tragedy, Interior Minister Angelino Alfano canceled his appointments Thursday and headed to Lampedusa to oversee the rescue operations first-hand, reports said. Pope Francis, who visited Lampedusa in July, quickly sent his condolences.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)


PREVIOUS STORY:

Officials say at least 62 people died when a ship carrying African migrants toward Italy caught fire and sank off the Sicilian island of Lampedusa, spilling hundreds of passengers into the sea.

Antonio Candela, the government's health commissioner for Palermo, told Sky TG24 that 62 bodies have been found and that search and rescue operations are continuing.

So far 141 people have been rescued, but the boat is believed to have been carrying as many as 500 people.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)


Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
powered by Disqus
WITN

275 E. Arlington Blvd. Greenville, NC 27858 252-439-7777
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 226276261