Search resumes for dead in migrant shipwreck
LAMPEDUSA, Italy (AP) - Authorities were contending with choppy waters on Friday in the search for dozens of migrants believed to have drowned after their rickety boat caught fire and sank off the coast of the southern Italian island of Lampedusa.
The scope of the tragedy - with 111 bodies recovered so far and many more missing - prompted outpourings of grief and demands for a comprehensive immigration policy to deal with migrants fleeing poverty and strife in Africa and the Middle East.
Pope Francis said Friday was a "day of tears" and denounced the "savage" system that drives people to leave their homes for a better life, yet doesn't care when they die in the process.
The 20-metre boat was carrying migrants from Eritrea, Ghana and Somalia, the coast guard said. It started taking on water and then caught fire when someone set light to a piece of fabric to attract the attention of nearby shipping. Coast guard divers found the wreck on the sea floor, some 130 feet below the surface.