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Migrant boat sinks off Lampedusa

Migrant boat sinks off Lampedusa
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One person has died and several would-be migrants are missing after their boat sank off the Italian island of Lampedusa.

The dead man’s body was pulled from the sea early on Friday. Rescuers have so far saved 56people.

Lampedusa is 120 kilometres from Tunisia, making it a favoured route into Europe for African migrants.

The coastguard said 100 people were onboard when the boat capsized.

Italian and NATO vessels are scouring the area in a bid to find more survivors.

Prosectuors are investigating whether people smugglers were involved.

Thousands of migrants landed on Lampedusa’s shores last year following the political upheaval in Tunisia and Libya.