Bad weather hampering Lampedusa search and rescue

Bad weather is hampering the search and rescue mission around the island of Lampedusa, where more than 200 people are still said to be in the sea after a boat carrying around 500 people, mainly from Eritrea and Somalia sank on Thursday.

  • 111 bodies have been found
  • 155 people have been pulled out alive
  • More than 200 are said to still be in the sea around the island
  • Of the bodies recovered so far, 58 were men, 49 were women and two were children
  • Italian officials say there could be more woman than men on the sunken boat
  • Among the survivors only four are women

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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.