Italy mourns 300 feared dead in migrant shipwreck
LAMPEDUSA (AFP) - Italy mourned the 300 African asylum-seekers feared dead in the worst ever Mediterranean refugee disaster, as debate raged over Europe's flawed migration policy.
Emergency services on the island of Lampedusa, Italy said on Friday they had recovered 111 bodies and plucked 155 survivors from the water from a boat with an estimated 450 to 500 people on board.
Divers who explored the wreck spoke of seeing dozens of bodies around the ship and rescuers said more bodies may have been swept further out to sea by the strong currents around Lampedusa.
The badly overcrowded 20-metre vessel caught fire, capsized and sank on Thursday just a few hundred metres from Lampedusa, as its terrified passengers jumped into the sea.