More than 30 people have died and more than 40 have survived a migrant boat shipwreck in southern Italy, a spokesman for the Italian firefighters’ service told Reuters on February 26.
The death toll “has surpassed 30,” Danilo Maida, spokesman for the firefighters in the Calabria region, said.
Firefighters are still looking for more survivors at sea, but conditions are harsh, making the search difficult, the spokesman added.
The Adnkronos news agency said that more than 100 people were aboard the boat that carried the migrants, and that about 50 people have been rescued.
The boat, bringing migrants from Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan, crashed against rocks during rough sea weather, Adnkronos said.
The Italian coast guard was not immediately reachable for comment.
More to follow.