Divers Pull 83 More Bodies From Sea Where Fishing Boat Sank

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

LAMPEDUSA, Italy (AP) - Divers have pulled 83 more bodies from the water off Italy, where a fishing boat packed with African migrants sank last week.

At least 194 people were killed and more than 150 others are believed to be missing.

Search and recovery operations resumed today after a two-day suspension because of rough seas. The Italian coast guard said operations were wrapping up for the evening but would resume in the morning as long as the seas remain calm.

Hundreds of migrants, mostly from Eritrea (ehr-ih-TREE'-uh), were aboard the boat when it sank early Thursday within sight of the tiny island of Lampedusa.

An Italian government minister born in Africa stood silently as soldiers lifted body bags of would-be asylum seekers and placed them on trucks to be taken to a makeshift morgue. She said later it was time for reflection "to prevent new tragedies."

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