More than 130 bodies recovered from migrant boat capsize off Egypt

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A member of the Egyptian armed forces stands guard on the shore in the Egyptian port city of Rosetta on September 22, 2016, during a search operation after a boat carrying migrants capsized in the Mediterranean. A boat carrying up to 450 migrants capsized in the Mediterranean off Egypt's north coast, drowning 42 people and prompting a search operation that rescued 163 passengers, officials said. / AFP / MOHAMED EL-SHAHED (Photo credit should read MOHAMED EL-SHAHED/AFP/Getty Images)
Egyptians wait for the recovery of bodies, during a search operation after a boat carrying migrants capsized in the Mediterranean, along the shore in the northern port city of Rosetta on September 22, 2016. A boat carrying up to 450 migrants capsized in the Mediterranean off Egypt's north coast, drowning 42 people and prompting a search operation that rescued 163 passengers, officials said. / AFP / MOHAMED EL-SHAHED AND Hasan MROUE (Photo credit should read MOHAMED EL-SHAHED,HASAN MROUE/AFP/Getty Images)
Egyptians stand on the shore as they wait for the recovery of bodies, during a search operation after a boat carrying migrants capsized in the Mediterranean, along the shore in the Egyptian port city of Rosetta on September 22, 2016. A boat carrying up to 450 migrants capsized in the Mediterranean off Egypt's north coast, drowning 42 people and prompting a search operation that rescued 163 passengers, officials said. / AFP / MOHAMED EL-SHAHED (Photo credit should read MOHAMED EL-SHAHED/AFP/Getty Images)
Egyptian medics arrive on a boat carrying bodies of migrants, during a search operation after a boat carrying migrants capsized in the Mediterranean, along the shore in the Egyptian port city of Rosetta on September 21, 2016. A boat carrying up to 450 migrants capsized in the Mediterranean off Egypt's north coast, drowning 42 people and prompting a search operation that rescued 163 passengers, officials said. / AFP / MOHAMED EL-SHAHED (Photo credit should read MOHAMED EL-SHAHED/AFP/Getty Images)
BEHEIRA, EGYPT - SEPTEMBER 22: Relatives of lost migrants wait as the search and rescue operations carried out by Egyptian Coast Guard members and fishing boats at Port Rashid in Beheira, Egypt on September 22, 2016. Migrants' boat submerged on its way to Europe at the Mediterranean Sea. According to the reports, 450 of the 600 had lost, 150 had been rescued. (Photo by Ahmed Al Sayed/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CAIRO, Sept. 22, 2016 : Survivors of a capsized migrant boat stay at a police station in the port city of Rosetta, Egypt, Sept. 21, 2016. The death toll of the capsized migrant boat near Egypt's northern coast on Wednesday rose to 42, while six were wounded and 35 others rescued after first aid treatment in hospitals, Egyptian Health Ministry spokesman Khaled Megahed told Xinhua. (Xinhua/Ahmed Gomaa via Getty Images)
Egyptian relatives react near thte body of a victim who was in a boat carrying migrants which capsized off Egypt's coast, in Al-Beheira, Egypt, September 22, 2016. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany
A man reacts as rescue workers carry the body of a victim on a stretcher after a boat carrying migrants capsized off Egypt's coast, in Al-Beheira, Egypt, September 22, 2016. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A relative of a missing person from a capsized boat in the Mediterranean Sea looks on, in Al-Beheira, Egypt, September 22, 2016. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany
People gather along the shore of the Mediterranean Sea during a search for victims after a migrant boat capsized, in Al-Beheira, Egypt, September 22, 2016. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany
Migrants who were rescued from a boat that capsized in the Mediterranean Sea are pictured in Al-Beheira, Egypt, September 22, 2016. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany
Relatives of missing persons from a capsized boat in the Mediterranean Sea are pictured in Al-Beheira, Egypt, September 22, 2016. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany
Migrants who were rescued from a boat that capsized in the Mediterranean Sea are pictured in Al-Beheira, Egypt, September 22, 2016. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany
Migrants who were rescued from a boat that capsized in the Mediterranean Sea are pictured in Al-Beheira, Egypt, September 22, 2016. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany
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CAIRO, Sept 23 (Reuters) - At least 133 bodies had been recovered by Friday from a boat carrying hundreds of migrants that capsized off Egypt two days earlier, Egyptian officials said.

The boat sank off Burg Rashed, a coastal village on the Nile Delta. Rescue workers and fishermen said they had rescued at least 169 people, but confusion remained over how many might still be missing.

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Health Ministry spokesman Khaled Megahed said 133 bodies had been retrieved from the Mediterranean, while Mohamed Sultan, governor of the Beheira region, said 148 had been recovered.

Security sources said there had been almost 600 migrants aboard the boat. However, a survivor whose comments appeared in a video posted online said the migrants had been told that about 200 people would be on board, but that the smugglers had then added another 50, causing the boat to founder.

Officials said the boat was carrying Egyptian, Sudanese, Eritrean and Somali migrants, and that they believed it was heading for Italy. Four members of the crew were arrested.

The International Organization for Migration says that more than 3,200 migrants have died while attempting to cross the Mediterranean this year, while an estimated 298,474 have reached European shores.

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