At Least 82 Dead After Migrant Boat Sinks Off Italian Coast

Dozens more feared dead after a ship with about 500 on board reportedly capsized and caught fire.
1:01 | 10/03/13

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Tragedy at sea. Dozens of people are dead and hundreds more are feared dead, after a migrant boat sank off the coast of italy. Abc's lama hasan joins us now. Lama, what do you know? Reporter: Good morning, josh. Here's what we know so far. 92 people are dead. And hundreds are still missing. And officials warn that the death toll is likely going to rise. Here's what happened. Overnight, a ship packed with 500 people, including women and children, were forcedly first capsizing and then catching on fire. One theory is, after the vessel was running into trouble, they used flares to call for help. That may have caused the fire to break out, forcing the passengers to jump overboard into the sea for safety. At this hour, coast guard, police, helicopters and patrol boats are on the scene, searching for any survivors and victims. Hundreds of migrants seeking asylum make this trip to italy from africa and the middle east every year. The vessels are often overcrowded. But this, by far, is the deadliest accident this year.

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