Italy Migrant Death Toll Rises to 274


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Italian divers on Tuesday recovered the bodies of more migrants from the wreck of a smugglers’ ship that sank off the tiny island of Lampedusa, raising the death toll to 274.

Coast Guard Commander Filippo Marini said 42 bodies were recovered from within the ship’s hold, while one was spotted by a helicopter floating near the wreck.

Marini said the search would continue as long as weather allows. Just 155 migrants, most if not all from Eritrea, survived Thursday’s shipwreck. Survivors said there were some 500 people on board when the ship capsized and sank in sight of land.

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