Rescuers lift a body as they reach the port of Lampedusa, southern Italy, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013. At least 114 people died and scores more were missing late Thursday after a crowded fishing boat carrying African migrants from Tripoli caught fire, flipped over and sank, Italian officials said. Between 450 and 500 people were believed to be on board; health commissioner Antonio Candela said only 159 were rescued. (AP Photo/Danilo Taralli) (The Associated Press)
A woman receives assistance at the Palermo Civico hospital, Italy, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013 after being rescued off the Italian island of Lampedusa. A ship carrying African migrants to Europe caught fire and capsized Thursday off the southern Italian island of Lampedusa, killing at least 94 people as hundreds were dumped into the sea, officials said. Over 150 people were rescued but some 200 others were still unaccounted for. (AP Photo/Alessandro Fucarini) (The Associated Press)
LAMPEDUSA, Italy – Authorities are contending with choppy waters in the search for dozens of migrants believed to have drowned after their rickety boat caught fire and sank off the coast of the southern Italian island of Lampedusa.
The scope of the tragedy -- with 111 bodies recovered so far and many more missing — prompted outpourings of grief and demands for a comprehensive immigration policy to deal with migrants fleeing poverty and strife in Africa and the Middle East.
Pope Francis said Friday was a "day of tears" and denounced the "savage" system that drives people to leave their homes for a better life, yet doesn't care when they die in the process.
Officials say just 155 people survived of the 450 to 500 believed to have been on board.