At least 14 bodies were recovered from the sea after a migrant ship loaded with immigrants about 100 nautical miles south of the island of Lampedusa, in Southern Italy, sank. Citing a report from Italian authorities, CNN said today that Italy's coast guard rescued about 200 other people who'd been on the ship.
"Fourteen bodies have been recovered so far. Medical workers on the Sirio and the Grecale are providing assistance to the 200 survivors," the Italian navy said on Twitter. According to Yahoo News, Italian media cited coast guards saying that some 400 people had been on board the migrant boat, which would leave dozens of people still unaccounted for.
"Our ships are there recovering the dead and saving the living. Europe is not helping us," Interior Minister Angelino Alfano said, adding: "The Mediterranean is not an Italian border but a European border."
Previously, the Italian Navy, which participates in the recovery of bodies in the Mediterranean, had said there were 14 victims and 200 survivors, noting that the death toll may be more. According to the source, some merchant ships sailing in the area were also involved in the rescue.
This tragedy occurs after yesterday's incident when a boat carrying illegal migrants sank off the coast of Tripoli, Libya, killing at least 40 people, according to an account from Libya's Interior Ministry.
The European Commission said they were "shocked" by the new tragedy and called for action in a repeat of the response to the drowning of more than 400 migrants off Italy in October 2013. CNN writes that southern Italy -- especially tiny Lampedusa, which is the closest Italian island to Africa -- is a frequent destination for refugees seeking to enter European Union countries from Africa. Migrants often pack into unseaworthy and ill-equipped boats, and shipwrecks off Italian shores are a common occurrence.