UPDATE : Videos :Bad weather delays Italy boat search

Friday, 04 October 2013 - 16:26


Rough seas forced divers to postpone their search for more than 200 migrants still unaccounted for after their boat sank off southern Italy.


Rescuers have so far found 111 bodies, and 155 people have been pulled alive from the seas 1km from the island of Lampedusa.


Video footage showed the boat lying upright on the seabed some 150ft below the surface.


Divers have described seeing horrific scenes inside the wreckage.

UPDATE ; Friday, 05 October 2013 - 08:07 AM


300 feared dead in Italy migrant boat disaster

Friday, 04 October 2013 - 04:26 PM

Three hundred people were feared dead after a boat carrying up to 500 African asylum seekers caught fire and sank off Italian shores in the worst recent refugee disaster in the Mediterranean.

Rescuers and local fishermen were overcome with emotion as they spoke of chaotic early morning scenes in the water, with "a sea of heads" as desperate refugees waved their arms and screamed.

A UN official blamed a repressive policy towards illegal immigrants for the tragedy, while UN chief Ban Ki-moon said he hoped the disaster would be a "spur to action" to protecting migrants rights, and improving the public perception of immigrants.

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