Over 5,600 migrants plucked from sea in a single day
October 03 2016 06:05 PM
Migrants hang from a boat as they wait to be rescued as they drift in the Mediterranean Sea
Migrants hang from a boat as they wait to be rescued as they drift in the Mediterranean Sea some 20 nautical miles north off the coast of Libya.

Reuters/Rome

At least 5,650 migrants were rescued on Monday as they tried to reach Europe on about 40 boats, one of the highest numbers in a single day, Italy's coast guard said.

A spokeswoman said one migrant had died and a pregnant woman had been taken by helicopter to a hospital on the Italian island of Lampedusa, halfway between Sicily and the Libyan coast.
One coast guard ship rescued about 725 migrants on a single rubber boat, one of some 20 rescue operations during the day. Three were still under way and the spokeswoman said the number saved could reach 6,000 by the end of the day.
About 10 ships from the coast guard, the navy and humanitarian organisations were involved in the rescues, most of which took place some 30 miles off the coast of Libya.
According to the International Organisation for Migration, around 132,000 migrants have arrived in Italy since the start of the year and 3,054 have died.

Last updated: October 03 2016 09:09 PM


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