LAMPEDUSA, Italy - Italian rescue workers have pulled 111 bodies from the migrant boat that sank off the island of Lampedusa on Thursday and expect to recover more than a hundred more from the submerged wreck, a coastguard official said on Friday.
Authorities have rescued 155 survivors after the 66-foot boat carrying around 500 migrants, mostly Eritreans and Somalis, sank no more than 1 kilometre (half a mile) from shore.
"Two motorboats remained in the area overnight and this morning divers resumed work but we expect to recover more than a
hundred bodies from the ship,'' coast guard official Floriana Segreto told Reuters.
Ship carrying migrants capsizes off Italy, scores deadOct. 3, 201301:33
In all, more than 300 people are believed to have died in one of the worst tragedies in Europe's decades-long migrant
The disaster was triggered when fuel aboard caught fire, causing a panicked rush to one side of the boat which capsized
and sank, throwing hundreds of people into the water.
Italy is holding a day of mourning on Friday, and schools will observe a minute's silence in memory of the victims.