Christmas Island sinking 'tragedy'

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Rescuers are continuing to search for dozens of people believed to be missing after a boat sank north of Christmas Island.

Ships have so far picked 110 survivors from the sea, but officials believe about 200 people were on the boat. Three bodies have been recovered.

The ship, believed to be carrying asylum-seekers, capsized on Thursday.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard described the incident as "distressing and tragic".

Duncan Kennedy reports.

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