Migrants Missing After Boat Sinks Near Lampedusa

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Officials say 54 people have been rescued but dozens more are missing after a migrant boat capsized off the Italian island of Lampedusa.

BOAT SINKS

Officials say 54 people have been rescued but dozens more are missing after a migrant boat capsized off the Italian island of Lampedusa.

Italian and Nato boats are searching the waters around the island.

A distress call to the port in Palermo, Sicily said 100 people were on board the vessel, the Italian news agency Ansa reported.

Lampedusa, about 80 miles (120km) from Tunisia, is one of the nearest gateways to Europe for African migrants.