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Scores of migrants missing after boat capsizes off Italian island

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Red Cross workers carry a migrant on a stretcher after he arrived on the Italian island of Lampedusa early on April 6. Scores of migrants were feared dead after a boat thought to be carrying about 200 people from North Africa capsized off the island, officials said. Only 48 people were rescued so far, Italian coast guard officer Pietro Carosia said. The 48 survivors, who were picked up by a coast guard patrol some 39 nautical miles from Lampedusa, had arrived on the island by mid-morning.

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Migrants disembark a boat after arriving at the harbor of the Italian island of Lampedusa on April 6.

ROME — Italian coast guard officials were trying Wednesday to rescue migrants lost at sea after their boat capsized off the coast of Lampedusa, a tiny Italian island close to North Africa, officials said. Many were feared dead.

The Coast Guard has saved 48 out of 200 believed to be aboard the rickety board, said Pietro Carosia of the Italian Coast Guard. But helicopters also have spotted corpses in the sea, Carosia said, declining to provide a number. Continue reading.