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Italian navy says 14 dead in migrant shipwreck

Published on May 13, 2014 12:41 PM
 
Some of the 340 illegal migrants who were rescued by the Libyan navy off the coast of the western town of Sabratha when their boat began to take on water, sit at a shelter on May 12, 2014 in the coastal town of Zawiya, west of Tripoli. At least 14 people died when a boat packed with migrants sank between Libya and Italy on Monday, in the latest shipwreck tragedy to hit the Mediterranean. -- PHOTO: AFP

ROME (AFP) - At least 14 people died when a boat packed with migrants sank between Libya and Italy on Monday, in the latest shipwreck tragedy to hit the Mediterranean.

The Italian navy said another 200 people had been rescued, while some media reports claimed as many as 400 people had been on board the ship – just days after another migrant boat disaster off Libya.

“Fourteen bodies have been recovered so far. Medical workers on the Sirio and the Grecale are providing assistance to the 200 survivors,” the Italian navy said, referring to two warships on the scene.

The local Jesuit refugee centre said the toll could be significantly higher, talking of at least 40 dead.

 
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