Europe

Italy lowers toll of 2015 migrant wreck after ship raised

Italian authorities are lowering by as many as 200 to 300 people the estimated number of migrants who died in a 2015 shipwreck that spurred Europe to beef up its Mediterranean rescue efforts.

Survivors of the April 18, 2015, wreck had told investigators the boat was carrying as many as 700-800 people, most of them trapped in the hull. Only 28 survived.

But after the ship was raised from the seabed this week and officials got a look at its dimensions, they revised the estimated number of original passengers.

Divers originally recovered 169 bodies and discovered another 10-11 once the resurfacing operation got under way.

As a result, Navy Rear Admiral Pietro Covino told a press conference Thursday there were likely "no fewer than 300" bodies left in the hull.