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Italy says bodies still in sunken migrant boat as underwater video released

Friday, May 08, 2015 - 01:26

The chief prosecutor of Catania says numerous bodies have been found inside a migrant vessel that sank off the coast of Libya but many more remain. Nathan Frandino reports.

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New video shows a sunken boat in the depths of the Mediterranean, where the bodies of up to 900 migrants are believed to be trapped. The boat and its occupants sank on April 18 during a voyage from north Africa to Italy. It was the worst migrant disaster in living memory. The wreck was discovered by the Italian navy. Based on its size, Catania Chief Prosecutor Giovanni Salvi says the official death count will be around 800. (SOUNDBITE) (Italian) CATANIA CHIEF PROSECUTOR, GIOVANNI SALVI, SAYING: "The type of fishing vessel is also compatible with this number, its type matches the fact that inside the wreck we see numerous bodies even if for now it is not possible to say exactly how many." Twenty-eight people were saved after the vessel went down. Only 24 bodies were recovered. Salvi says their investigation proves the vessel's captain repeatedly slammed into a merchant ship navigating in the area. (SOUNDBITE) (Italian) CATANIA CHIEF PROSECUTOR, GIOVANNI SALVI, SAYING: "This, together with the fact that the people aboard moved, clearly scared of what was happening, as our eyewitnesses have told us, to the opposite side of the vessel, made it capsize." The captain and his first mate are being held on trafficking charges, while Italy and the rest of Europe scramble to find a solution to this ever-growing crisis.

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Italy says bodies still in sunken migrant boat as underwater video released

Friday, May 08, 2015 - 01:26