World Bulletin / News Desk
The dead are thought to have either drowned or suffocated on the overcrowded fishing vessel, the navy said.
The discovery on Sunday underlined the scale of the crisis in the waters of the southern Mediterranean, where hundreds have died making the perilous journey to Europe, and tens of thousands more have been plucked from rickety boats.
At the current rate, the figures should soon pass the record of 62,000 people who arrived by sea in 2011, when numbers swelled amid the "Arab Spring" uprisings across North Africa and the Middle East.
An Italian ship, part of the navy's migrant rescue mission Mare Nostrum or "Our Sea", was due to arrive at the Sicilian port of Pozzallo later on Monday towing the fishing boat and carrying 566 survivors.
Italy has repeatedly appealed for help from the EU to tackle the problem of migrants making the perilous crossing in the Mediterranean.
Earlier this month, due to an overload at least 39 people drowned off Libya. Also 360 people died when a boat sank off the Island of Italy, Lampedusa last October.
"Thirty more deaths on the consciences of those who defend 'Their Seas'. Stop the departures, help them at home, now! Renzi and Alfano have blood on their shirts, don't they?"
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