Italy divers recover more refugee bodies from shipwreck
LAMPEDUSA, Italy (AFP) - Divers in Italy recovered 38 more bodies on Monday from a shipwreck in which over 300 African asylum seekers are feared to have died, as European Union states prepared to address the growing refugee crisis.
Hundreds of rescuers and army personnel have been deployed to the island of Lampedusa whose seas were described as a "giant cemetery", with 232 bodies now pulled from the water.
A fishing boat packed with around 500 Eritrean and Somali migrants capsized and sank on Thursday after its captain set fire to a T-shirt to signal distress to coast guards, sparking panic on board.
The boat was within sight of the shore but many could not swim and survivors spoke of being in waters thick with fuel oil that spilled from the wreck for hours before help came.