Another migrant boat sinks off coast of Sicily

Vessel carrying 200 people capsizes, prompting major rescue effort


A boat carrying an estimated 200 migrants has capsized off the Italian island of Lampedusa where a shipwreck last week left more than 300 dead.

Italian coast guard and Maltese government officials said a search and rescue operation is under way.

The capsizing of the boat occurred in waters where Malta has search and rescue responsibilities.

Italian coast guard spokesman Marco Di Milla said an Italian ship was sent to help.

A Maltese armed forces aircraft spotted the wreckage initially and asked for Italy’s help.

Last week, a ship carrying some 500 people capsized off Lampedusa, killing more than 300 people.

The deaths have prompted calls for the European Union to do more to better patrol the southern Mediterranean and prevent such tragedies.