Many of the migrants aboard a boat that capsized off Lampedusa have survived, according to Italy's coast guard.
Spokesman Marco Di Milla says "a good number" of the estimated 200 people have been rescued.
He says the coast guard was able to locate it based on the coordinates of a satellite phone call it made.
Helicopters are reportedly taking the injured to the Sicilian island.
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