Italy Boat Sinking: Bad Weather Hampers Search For More than 200 Migrants

Oct 4, 2013

An Italian Coast Guard boat carry rescued migrants as they arrive in the port of Lampedusa Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013. It was one of the deadliest recent accidents in the notoriously perilous Mediterranean Sea crossing from Africa for migrants seeking a new life in the European Union.
Credit AP Photo/Nino Randazzo, Health Care Service, HO

Rough seas have forced divers to postpone their search for more than 200 migrants still unaccounted for after their boat sank off southern Italy.

Rescuers have so far found 111 bodies, and 155 people have been pulled alive from the seas half a mile from the island of Lampedusa.

Dramatic video footage shows the boat lying upright on the seabed some 150ft below the surface.

Divers have described seeing horrific scenes inside the wreckage.

Corpses are crammed into the wreck and some of the bodies — even in death — seeming to cling to the sides of the hull, the BBC's Alan Johnston reports.

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