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Italy coastguard rescues 47 migrants after ship capsizes off Lampedusa island

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The Italian coastguard said on Saturday it had rescued 47 migrants after their ship capsized 15 miles south of the Italian island of Lampedusa.

The coastguard said it was continuing to search for any missing people, in conjunction with the Italian tax police, who deal with financial crime and smuggling.

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Migrants were heard shouting for help in the darkness as lifejackets and buoyancy aids were being thrown into the sea early on Saturday, a video from the coastguard showed.

Italy is the primary route for migrants departing mostly from Tunisia and Libya to reach Europe.

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