Lampedusa mayor says 82 dead so far in migrant wreck
Around 150 saved, boat carried 450-500, children among victims03 October, 11:21
Most of the survivors are Somali and Eritrean. Many are in shock and suffering hypothermia. The boat is thought to have departed from Libya. "It's a horror, it's a horror," Nicolini said in tears.
"They don't stop unloading dead bodies". The boat reportedly capsized and then caught fire, possibility after a blanket was set alight in a bid to call for help.
Coast guard and police helicopters and patrol boats are on the scene searching for survivors and victims. Deputy Premier and Interior Minister Angelino Alfano rushed to meet Premier Enrico Letta when he heard of the disaster and is set to go to Lampedusa as soon as possible, government sources said.