Hundreds missing after migrant boat sinking

Searches are continuing for hundreds of passengers off the coast of the Sicilian island of Lampedusa after a boat carrying migrants sank this morning.

Rescue efforts are continuing following the boat sinking off the Sicilian coast. Credit: RTV

Sixty-two bodies have been found and so far 141 people have been rescued, but the boat is believed to have been carrying as many as 500 people.

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Lampedusa death toll rises

Authorities say a further 38 bodies have been recovered following the Lampedusa boat tragedy, taking the death toll to 232. A boat carrying migrants sank off the Italian island of Lampedusa last week.