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50 migrants saved and 50 missing after sea rescue

Around 50 migrants have been rescued from a sinking rubber boat off the coast of Libya - but another 50 are reportedly missing and feared to have drowned.

The migrants were rescued from a deflating rubber boat Credit: AP/Marina Militare

The Italian navy said one of its ships, the Fenice, rescued the migrants from the deflating boat and transferred them to a coast guard boat, which took them on to the Sicilian island of Lampedusa.

While neither the navy nor the coast guard could confirm the numbers missing, survivors reportedly told local media that around 50 had not made it.

Around 50 migrants are missing and presumed drowned Credit: AP/Marina Militare

It comes after more than 200 migrants were killed after their boat capsized off the same coastline. While 400 were rescued, many were trapped below deck and could not be reached in time.

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