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A boat carrying 700 migrants overturned in Mediterranean sea, dead toll expected

LAMPEDUSA: A major rescue operation is under way after following a boat carrying up to 700 migrants overturned in Mediterranean Sea, BBC reported on Sunday.

According to report, the boat carrying “between 500 and 700 migrants” overturned at midnight local time.

Only 28 people have been rescued so far.

Italian ships, the Maltese Navy and commercial vessels are all involved the rescue operation off the coast of the Italian island of Lampedusa.

The Italian coastguard’s spokesman told that the operation in Libyan waters, about 130 miles (210km) off the coast of Lampedusa, was likely in the next few hours to become more focused on a search for bodies.

The Times of Malta newspaper reported that the migrants fell overboard when they rushed to draw the attention of a passing ship.

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