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Italy: Major rescue operation after 700 migrants feared dead in shipwreck00:25

Italy: Major rescue operation after 700 migrants feared dead in shipwreck

Italy, Mediterranean Sea
April 19, 2015 at 10:30 GMT +00:00 · Published

The Italian Coast Guard launched a major rescue operation after 700 migrants are feared to have drowned from a shipwreck off the Libyan coast, Sunday.

According to the latest data, the Coast Guard have rescued 28 migrants and recovered 24 bodies from the shipwreck. The operation is still on going to save as many lives as possible. A ship and a helicopter have been deployed and coordinated by the National Centre of Aid Coast Guard in Rome.

The migrant boat, believed to be crowded with 700 people, capsised in the waters north of Libya overnight and could become the Mediterranean's deadliest migrant tragedy. More than 1,000 people have drowned so far this year trying to cross from Northern Africa into Europe.

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The Italian Coast Guard launched a major rescue operation after 700 migrants are feared to have drowned from a shipwreck off the Libyan coast, Sunday.

According to the latest data, the Coast Guard have rescued 28 migrants and recovered 24 bodies from the shipwreck. The operation is still on going to save as many lives as possible. A ship and a helicopter have been deployed and coordinated by the National Centre of Aid Coast Guard in Rome.

The migrant boat, believed to be crowded with 700 people, capsised in the waters north of Libya overnight and could become the Mediterranean's deadliest migrant tragedy. More than 1,000 people have drowned so far this year trying to cross from Northern Africa into Europe.