ROME  : The Italian navy has recovered six bodies following a shipwreck off the Libyan coast, the third tragedy to hit immigrants attempting the perilous journey across the Mediterranean this weekend. "Last night, north of the Libyan coast, with weather conditions deteriorating, a fishing boat carrying a large number of migrants capsized," the navy said in a statement on Monday. Rescue workers managed to pull 364 migrants from the sea. A helicopter dispatched from Italy's island of Lampedusa - closer to Africa than the Italian mainland - threw life vests into the sea, while two patrol boats, a life-guard boat and a freighter arrived on the scene to rescue the surviving migrants.

The search for other survivors continues, the navy said.