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  • Egyptian coast guard personnel, rescue workers and family members look to identify a body that was brought ashore from a Europe-bound boat that capsized off Egypt's Mediterranean coast, in Rosetta, Egypt, Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016. According to the Egyptian health ministry, at least 50 bodies have been recovered so far from the early Wednesday disaster and up to a 100 more migrants remain unaccounted for in what could potentially rank among the deadliest incidents in the migrant route across the Mediterranean. Thousands of illegal migrants have made the dangerous sea voyage in recent years, fleeing war and poverty in the Middle East and elsewhere. (AP Photo/Eman Helal)
September 23, 2016 9:19 AM

148 bodies retrieved after migrant boat capsizes off Egypt

MAGGIE HYDE and MAGGIE MICHAEL | Associated Press

ROSETTA, Egypt — Egypt's state news agency says the total number of bodies pulled from the Mediterranean waters off the Egyptian coast has climbed to 148, three days after a boat carrying hundreds of migrants capsized.

MENA quotes Wahdan el-Sayyed, the spokesman of the Nile Delta province of Beheira, as saying Friday that the search operation is still ongoing for more bodies of victims.

The migrants' boat capsized on Wednesday, nearly 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) from the Nile Delta port city of Rosetta. Many of the dead are women and children who were unable to swim away when the boat sank.