Report: Many women died in migrant shipwreck

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Bodies of drowned migrants are lined up in the port of Lampedusa Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013. Tens of people died when a ship carrying African migrants toward Italy caught fire and sank off the Sicilian island of Lampedusa, spilling hundreds of passengers into the sea, officials said Thursday. Many migrants have been rescued, but the boat is believed to have been carrying as many as 500 people. It is one of the deadliest migrant shipwrecks in recent times and the second one this week off Italy: On Monday, 13 men drowned while trying to reach southern Sicily when their ship ran aground just a few meters (yards) from shore at Scicli. (AP Photo/Nino Randazzo, Health Care Service, HO)
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ROME (AP) — A migration expert says only 3 of an estimated 100 women on a migrant ship that capsized off Italy have been rescued, and no children have been saved so far.

Italian experts say at least 94 people have died in Thursday's shipwreck of the southern island of Lampedusa.

Simona Moscarelli, a legal expert for the International Organization for Migration in Rome, told The Associated Press that "only the strongest survived" the capsize and most of the migrants coming from Africa could not swim.

She based her comments on her agency's early interviews with survivors.

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