Ten migrants die in Mediterranean accident: report

Reuters News
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Posted: Mar 04, 2015 3:20 AM

ROME (Reuters) - Ten migrants trying to reach Italy died when their boat overturned in the southern Mediterranean, Italy's Sky TG 24 television said on Wednesday.

The report said an Italian coast guard ship was taking the bodies to the Sicilian port of Augusta along with some 500 migrants who were rescued. It was not clear when the accident occurred.

It said another 200 were rescued and were being taken aboard a tanker to another Sicilian port.

Last month more than 300 people died trying to cross the sea from Africa to Italy in a one-week period. Most of the boats leave from Libya.

(Reporting by Philip Pullella; Editing by Catherine Evans)