Migrant boat carrying hundreds sinks south of Sicily

Reuters News
Posted: May 12, 2014 8:24 AM

ROME (Reuters) - A migrant boat believed to be carrying around 200 people has sunk south of the island of the Sicilian island of Lampedusa, Italian authorities said on Monday, a day after at least 40 people died when a boat sank off the Libyan coast.

An Italian navy spokesman said vessels from the Mare Nostrum task force, set up after hundreds of people drowned in migrant boat disasters last year, were on their way to the scene.

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No further details were immediately available.

(Reporting By James Mackenzie; Editing by Angus MacSwan)