September 7th, 2012
09:39 AM ET

Italy rescuers search for dozens feared missing from migrant boat

 Rescuers searched for dozens of people feared missing at sea when a boat carrying as many as 100 migrants ran into trouble overnight, Italian officials said Friday.

At least 56 people have been rescued so far - some from the sea and others from the small island of Lampione, said Filippo Marini, a coast guard commander. They are believed to be Tunisians, he said.

At least one body has been found, said Capt. Davide Miserandino of Italy's finance police, which is helping in the search.

Survivors picked up during the night reported that there were about 100 people on board, said Laura Boldrini, head of the U.N. refugee agency in Italy.

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  1. raven

    Italy rescuers?

    September 7, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  2. james ainoris

    Why is it so bad in north african and other arab countries that people are tryin to escape into europe or israel???? cant some rich arabs save their fellows from such a fate??? all these poor arab refugees trying to escape their homelands....why??? look whatz happened to sudanese almost 3million murdered today and only israel saves them??? they are christians and human beings why doesnt europe save them??? racism again??? hypocrites.

    September 9, 2012 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |