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Italian authorities rescued 231 people aboard a boat from Tunisia.

The 15m vessel got into difficulties off the coast of the southern island of Lampedusa on Saturday afternoon.

A further 126 immigrants had to be rescued later that evening from another boat.

Authorities said many were suffering from dehydration or hypothermia.

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