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Monday
Oct142013

Italy to Increase Patrols Following Boat Capsizings

Matthew Mirabelli/AFP/Getty Images(ROME) -- Italy has announced that it is increasing sea and air patrols in the Mediterranean Sea in the wake of migrant drownings in recent weeks.

Almost 400 people have died when their ships capsized off Italy's shores in the last two weeks alone.

Frustrated by European Union promises of help that are slow in coming, Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta urged change immediately to ensure the Mediterranean doesn't become "a sea of death."

The latest incident occurred Friday when a migrant boat capsized, claiming at least 38 lives. Italian and Maltese rescuers are still searching for bodies.

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