Italy: Bad weather halts recovery efforts

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A boy looks out from the window of a bus as he wait to board a ship heading to Sicily, in Lampedusa, Italy, Friday, Oct. 4, 2013. A ship carrying African migrants toward Italy caught fire and capsized off the Sicilian island of Lampedusa Thursday, spilling hundreds of passengers into the sea. Over one hundred bodies were recovered but over 200 people are unaccounted-for. It was one of the deadliest accidents in recent times during the notoriously perilous crossing from Africa for migrants seeking a new life in the European Union. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
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A boy looks out from the window of a bus as he wait to board a ship heading to Sicily, in Lampedusa, …

LAMPEDUSA, Italy (AP) — Authorities say the search to recover bodies from a fishing boat that sank off the southern island of Lampedusa has been called off for a second day because of bad weather.

Financial police Maj. Leonardo Ricci said Saturday that choppy seas are preventing divers from reaching the wreck, now resting on the seabed. More than 200 people are still missing.

The 20-meter boat packed with migrants sank Thursday when they ship capsized after they started a fire to attract attention. The migrants had spent two days at sea traveling from Libya. Just 155 people survived. So far, 111 bodies have been recovered.

Early Saturday, a fishing boat flotilla threw a single bouquet of yellow flowers into the sea at the site.

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