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Survivors tell police in Sicily some 200 migrants were kept inside capsized boat by smugglers

  • People line up to enter a center for migrants after disembarking from the Italian Coast Guard ship Fiorillo in the harbor of Pozzallo, near Ragusa, Sicily, Italy, Friday, Aug. 7, 2015. On Thursday, 381 people were saved by the Italian coast guard before their boat sank off the Libyan coast. (AP Photo/Carmelo Imbesi)

    People line up to enter a center for migrants after disembarking from the Italian Coast Guard ship Fiorillo in the harbor of Pozzallo, near Ragusa, Sicily, Italy, Friday, Aug. 7, 2015. On Thursday, 381 people were saved by the Italian coast guard before their boat sank off the Libyan coast. (AP Photo/Carmelo Imbesi)  (The Associated Press)

  • People line up to enter a center for migrants after disembarking from the Italian Coast Guard ship Fiorillo in the harbor of Pozzallo, near Ragusa, Sicily, Italy, Friday, Aug. 7, 2015. On Thursday, 381 people were saved by the Italian coast guard before their boat sank off the Libyan coast. (AP Photo/Carmelo Imbesi)

    People line up to enter a center for migrants after disembarking from the Italian Coast Guard ship Fiorillo in the harbor of Pozzallo, near Ragusa, Sicily, Italy, Friday, Aug. 7, 2015. On Thursday, 381 people were saved by the Italian coast guard before their boat sank off the Libyan coast. (AP Photo/Carmelo Imbesi)  (The Associated Press)

  • A woman carries a baby as she boards a bus after disembarking from the Italian Coast Guard ship Fiorillo in the harbor of Pozzallo, near Ragusa, Sicily, Italy, Friday, Aug. 7, 2015. On Thursday, 381 people were saved by the Italian coast guard before their boat sank off the Libyan coast. (AP Photo/Carmelo Imbesi)

    A woman carries a baby as she boards a bus after disembarking from the Italian Coast Guard ship Fiorillo in the harbor of Pozzallo, near Ragusa, Sicily, Italy, Friday, Aug. 7, 2015. On Thursday, 381 people were saved by the Italian coast guard before their boat sank off the Libyan coast. (AP Photo/Carmelo Imbesi)  (The Associated Press)

Italian police say some of the nearly 370 migrants who survived the capsizing of a fishing boat told investigators that about 200 people likely perished because smugglers kept them inside the hold.

A day after survivors arrived in Sicily aboard an Irish naval vessel which docked in Palermo, police on Friday said migrant accounts helped confirm preliminary estimates by rescuers that some 600 were on the 20-meter-long fishing boat.

The police now estimate that 650 migrants were aboard when the boat capsized on Wednesday off Libya's coast as rescuers approached.

The police say some of the five smugglers, who were detained on Thursday when they disembarked with survivors, were tasked with using violence if necessary to ensure the migrants didn't move.

Twenty-six bodies have been recovered.