At least 94 people are dead and that number includes a pregnant woman and two children. CNN reported on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, that a boat capsized and caught fire off of the Italian island of Lampedusa, according to the Italian coast guard.
The rescue operation is continuing this morning as there are more people that still need help. The coast guard has already saved at least 151 people from the boat and water. It is reported that the boat was carrying upward around 500 people when it caught fire.
Rescuers have warned that the number of dead from the Italy boat wreck could rise due to the fact that there are still over 200 people missing.
An alarm was first raised early on Thursday morning by fishing boats that reported a vessel was in trouble in the waters near the Mediterranean island that is a frequent destination for people that want to reach Europe from the northern African coast.
"We need to rescue those whose boats sink at sea, a task the men of the coastguard have been seeing to for months, but we also need to do everything possible to stop the traffickers of death who exploit the hope of the poor," said Italian transport minister, Maurizio Lupi.
Lupi continued on saying, "It is a duty which we must take on."
Initial reports say that the boat was believed to have caught fire and then started sinking.
13 men drowned off of Italy's southern coast just this past Monday when they attempted to swim ashore. They were attempting to get away from islands where there is much conflict, and drowning is a common occurrence for situations such as this.