94 people died on Thursday when a migrant boat sank near the coast of Sicily,Italy .
About 500 people were believed to be on the boat that sank off the southern Italian island of Lampedusa.
Passengers reportedly threw themselves into the sea as the vessel got into trouble and Italian officials were quoted as saying that dozens of people were still in the water.
More than 150 people had been rescued as of Thursday afternoon, the Associated Press reports.
Local reports say ,more than 200 were still unaccounted for. Local media reports said at least one child and a pregnant woman are among the dead.
The death toll could rise as rescue operations continue.