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Rome: Boat carrying about 200 migrants capsizes off Lampedusa

Published:Friday | October 11, 2013 | 1:49 PM


A week after a shipwreck left more than 300 dead, a boat carrying an estimated 200 migrants capsized off the Sicilian island of Lampedusa.

The capsizing occurred some 65 miles southeast of Lampedusa but in waters where Malta has search and rescue responsibilities.

Malta requested Italy's help, and the coast guard immediately sent a patrol boat to the area, said Italian coast guard spokesman Marco Di Milla.

A Maltese armed forces aircraft spotted the wreckage and a Maltese patrol boat was the first on scene, a Malta government spokesman said on customary condition of anonymity.

Maltese rescue crews reported spotting bodies in the water.


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