The Armed Forces of Malta is carrying out a rescue operation as a boat with more than 200 migrants capsized in the Maltese search and rescue area.

The boat was first spotted by an AFM’s King Air aircraft, an AFM patrol boat was first to reach the site and was joined by an Italian warship is also assisting in the rescue.

Local media reported the incident happened some 60 nautical miles south of Lampedusa, just inside the Maltese search and rescue area.

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