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Hundreds feared dead in Italy boat tragedy

Rescuers in Italy fear hundreds of people drowned when a boat carrying African migrants sank yesterday.

Hundreds of people are feared dead after a boat packed with African migrants sank off the coast of Lampedusa.

Italy has held a day of national mourning.

Coastguards and divers have recovered more than 100 bodies, but another 200 of those on board the 20m (66ft) boat are unaccounted for,

Most of those on board were believed to be from Eritrea and Somalia.

Gavin Hewitt reports.

  • 04 Oct
  • From the section Europe