Death toll from Lebanon migrant boat climbs to 61

STORY: Ali Hamiye told Reuters 20 survivors were being treated in Syrian hospitals.

Syrian authorities began finding bodies off the coast of Tartus on Thursday (September 22) afternoon.

The transport ministry has cited survivors saying the boat left from Lebanon's northern Minyeh region on Tuesday (September 20) with between 120 and 150 people onboard, bound for Europe.

Samer Qubrusli, the Syrian director-general of ports, said rescue efforts were continuing on Friday.