'206 rescued' from Italy migrant boat

Life raft
A significant number of the survivors were reportedly rescued from a life raft deployed by an aircraft immediately after the capsize. Credit: Armed Forces of Malta, Facebook

Some 206 survivors have been recovered from the sea following the capsizing of a boat near Italy, according to the Armed Forces of Malta.

In a post on its Facebook page, the AFM said it was confirmed that 180 adults and 26 children had been rescued by itself and the Italian Navy.

The page also reports that "at least 4 deceased persons have also been recovered".

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