LAMPEDUSA, Italy (AP) — The Italian coast guard says search and recovery operations in the area where a fishing boat packed with 500 African migrants sank last week will resume in the morning as long as the seas remain calm.
After two days of rough seas, divers resumed operations off the coast on Sunday and pulled 83 more bodies from the water.
At least 194 people were killed and more than 150 others are believed to be missing.
Hundreds of migrants, mostly from Eritrea (ehr-ih-TREE’-uh), were aboard the boat when it sank early Thursday within sight of a tiny island.
The enormous scale of the tragedy, which could become the largest death toll in a migrant shipwreck in the Mediterranean on record, has created momentum for a comprehensive European Union immigration policy to cope with the tens of thousands fleeing misery and strife in Africa and the Middle East.