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of 140 aboard overturned raft, only 29 saved, 12 bodies recovered

From La Repubblica Palermo online: 12 cadavers have already been pulled from the sea in the Strait of Sicily after a rubber raft went down 25 nautical miles north of the Libyan coast because of force 4 high winds and waves. As of this writing 29 people were saved. Rescuers came on five ships coordinated by the Rome headquarters of the Italian Coast Guard. It is not known how many people were aboard the raft. Survivors taken to Lampedusa said this morning that 140 people were aboard the rubber raft.

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