Italian authorities rescue 47 migrants after ship capsizes

MILAN (Reuters) – The Italian Coast Guard said on Saturday it had rescued 47 migrants after their ship capsized 15 miles south of the Italian island of Lampedusa.

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

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 Coast Guard showed.

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

(Reporting by Fabiano Franchitti; Writing by Gianluca Semeraro; Editing by Jan Harvey)