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Italian Search Continues for Capsized Boat Victims


A man is helped out of an Italian Coastguard boat upon his arrival in Lampedusa, southern Italy, April 6, 2011

A man is helped out of an Italian Coastguard boat upon his arrival in Lampedusa, southern Italy, April 6, 2011

Italian rescue crews are searching the Mediterranean Sea for survivors of a boat loaded with migrants that capsized Wednesday.

The boat carrying at least 200 people sank south of Italy's Lampedusa island.

Officials say 51 people have been found alive.

A few hours before the deadly accident Italy and Tunisia signed an agreement to reduce the number of migrants heading to Italy in hopes of a better life.

Some 20,000 migrants fleeing unrest in Tunisia also have landed on Lampedusa in recent weeks, causing a humanitarian emergency.

The migrants pay more than $1,000 for the dangerous journey to the tiny Italian island, about half-way between Africa and Europe.

Some information for this report was provided by Reuters.

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