At least 27 people are dead after a wooden boat carrying a group of asylum seekers smashed apart on jagged rocks in heavy seas off an Australian island.
The boat, which was believed to be carrying as many as 80 people, crashed off the shore of Christmas Island, a remote island in the Indian Ocean.
Australian officials said Wednesday that 27 bodies were recovered from the water. Forty-one others were rescued from the water, while one person made it to shore.
The search for survivors will go on until last light and officials said they will then decide whether to continue the search into the night, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported.