LAMPEDUSA, Italy — Italian divers recovered 17 more bodies Monday from a smugglers' boat that capsized and sank to bottom of the Mediterranean Sea with hundreds of migrants on board.
That raised the confirmed death toll from Thursday's tragedy to 211 before poor weather off the southern island of Lampedusa again halted the recovery operation.
Only 155 people of the estimated 500 on board survived the sinking. Scores of bodies are believed to be still trapped in the hull of the 59-foot boat, which is resting 154 feet below the surface.
Monday was the first day that divers entered the hull. Coast Guard Capt. Filippo Marini estimated it would take two more days to complete the search and recovery mission.
"Bodies have been recovered from outside the ship and from the ship's cabin. Now we have to get inside the hold," Marini said.
The Coast Guard hoped to resume the search later Monday if the weather clears.