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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.

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More feared dead after migrant boat sinks off Italy

At least 50 migrants are believed to have died and more were feared dead after boat caught fire and sank off the Sicilian island of Lampedusa, leaving more than a hundred people in the water, officials said.

At least 50 migrants have died following a boat fire off the coast of Italy. Credit: RTV

Coast guard official Floriana Segreto says rescue operations are continuing following the incident. Coast guard, police boats and two helicopters are currently in the area.

A fishing boat pulled around 60 people out of the water this morning and raised the alarm.

Those rescued came from Africa, the mayor of Lampedusa said. The boat sank just four days after 13 migrants drowned when their boat foundered off eastern Sicily.

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