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Italian Coast Guard personnel recover a body on their patrol boat Tuesday in Lampedusa Island, Italy. Italian divers have recovered more bodies from the wreck of a smuggler’s ship that sank off the tiny island of Lampedusa, raising the death toll to 275. Coast Guard Commander Filippo Marini said 18 bodies were recovered Tuesday from within the ship’s hold, while one was spotted by a helicopter floating nearby.

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Italy holds suspected ship captain; death toll 275

Italy on Tuesday detained a 35-year-old Tunisian man suspected of being the captain of a boat carrying African migrants that sank off the tiny island of Lampedusa. Divers, meanwhile, recovered dozens of additional bodies from the wreckage, raising the death toll to 275.


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