More than 60 bodies have been recovered off the Italian coast after a ship carrying migrants sank near the southern island of Lampedusa, the ANSA news agency reported Thursday.
The ship, which was believed to be carrying hundreds of migrants, suffered extensive damage as it approached the smaller island of Conigli, dpa reported.
Rescue operations were still ongoing.
Italian officials said another ship carrying 463 migrants had arrived in Lampedusa overnight.
A ship ran aground off Sicily on Monday, forcing some 200 migrants on board to swim to the coast. More than 13 died. Each year, especially during the warm summer months, tens of thousands of people try to reach Italy or Malta's shores. They are fleeing poverty, war and persecution in Africa, the Middle East and elsewhere, often at considerable expense and risk.
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