Forty bodies recovered after migrant boat sinks off Italy

About 40 bodies have been recovered after a ship carrying migrants sank off the coast of Sicily, said the Italian Navy.

A further 250 people have been safely accounted for.

An Italian navy spokesman said vessels from the Mare Nostrum task force, set up after hundreds of people drowned in migrant boat disasters last year, were on their way to the scene.

The incident comes a day after at least 40 people died when a boat sank off the Libyan coast.