Italian coastguards recovered the bodies of seven would-be immigrants from the Mediterranean on Sunday after their boat sank between the Libyan coast and the Italian island of Lampedusa, bringing the death toll to 10, the Ansa news agency said.
The bodies of three women had been found by coastguards overnight but another 62 men and eight women, including one pregnant woman, were rescued, it said, without disclosing their nationalities.
Two coastguard ships continued the search in the area, 35 miles off the Libyan coast and 140 miles from Lampedusa.
Italian authorities moved after a call for help made by satellite phone, and informed colleagues in Libya and Malta.
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