Dozens die after boat sinks off Italy’s coast; ‘lots more’ missing in sea

By Claudio Lavanga and Alexander Smith, NBC News

ROME — A boat carrying hundreds of migrants went down after catching fire off Italy’s southern coast on Thursday, killing dozens and leaving scores missing, officials said.

Italian coast guard Commander Floriana Segreto told NBC News that at least 94 people had been confirmed dead with another 151 people rescued, adding that “lots more” people remained in the water.

Officials said there were between 400 and 500 migrants on the boat when it sank in the Mediterranean Sea off the Sicilian island of Lampedusa.

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