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Italy: 59 migrants die after overloaded boat capsizes in stormy sea off Italy's southern Calabria

At least 59 migrants, including a toddler, died after their overloaded boat sank on Sunday in the stormy seas off Italy's southern Calabria region, AFP quoted officials.

Edited By: Shashwat Bhandari @ShashBhandari New Delhi Updated on: February 27, 2023 0:17 IST
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Italy: At least 59 migrants, including a toddler, died after their overloaded boat sank on Sunday in the stormy seas off Italy's southern Calabria region, AFP quoted officials.

Firefighters, including rescue divers, had recovered 28 bodies, including three pulled by a strong current far away from the wreckage.

“It's an enormous tragedy,” Crotone Mayor Vincenzo Voce told a state TV channel.

“In solidarity, the city will find places in the cemetery” for the dead, Voce said.

State TV quoted the local prefect's office as saying that by late morning 33 bodies had been recovered and 58 people were rescued.

The Italian news agency Lapresse later quoted unidentified officials among rescue forces as saying there could have been as many as 180 people onboard.

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