ROME - At least one man died and dozens of people were missing after a boat carrying Tunisian migrants sank off the southern Italian island of Lampedusa, a coastguard spokesman said on Friday.

Coastguards rescued 56 people, including a pregnant woman, after the migrants telephoned the emergency services overnight to say their boat had run into trouble close to the tiny island of Lampione west of Lampedusa, the spokesman said.

Rescue workers pulled the body of one man from the sea early on Friday, he said.

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