Italian Coast Guard Divers Recover 7 Bodies of Migrants - The Libyan Report

Italian Coast Guard Divers Recover 7 Bodies of Migrants

ROME — Italian coast guard divers on Saturday recovered the bodies of seven people in the sea off a tiny island where a boat crowded with migrants capsized a week earlier.

The recovery, at a depth of 47 meters (155 feet), near Lampedusa raised to 12 the number of bodies found from the capsizing.

The ANSA news agency said at least eight other bodies were spotted on the sea bottom.

A coast guard statement made no mention of that, saying only the search would continue on Sunday, weather permitting.

The coast guard rescued 149 people shortly after the boat overturned in rough waters on Nov. 23, about a mile (2 kilometers) offshore the southern Italian isle. Survivors had said around 20 were missing from the boat, which had been launched by Libya-based human traffickers. source