Italy Rescues Over 3,300 Migrants off the Libyan Coast

Credit: Reuters

Credit: Reuters

Milan: Italian coastguard and navy ships rescued over 3,300 migrants in 26 separate operations in the Mediterranean over the weekend, a spokesperson for the Italian navy told Reuters on June 26.

The people were picked up from 25 dinghies and one boat, all north of the Libyan coast, the coast guard said in a separate statement.

The navy spokesperson said one adult was found dead and four injured migrants were transported by helicopter to the nearest hospital, on the island of Lampedusa.

Italy is on the frontline of Europe’s worst immigration crisis since World War II, with little sign of any slowdown in the flow of people coming from north Africa.

About 60,000 boat migrants have been brought to Italy so far this year, according to the interior ministry.

On June 24, ship crews rescued more than 2,000 people from overcrowded boats.

Improved weather conditions in the Mediterranean encourage more migrants and their human smugglers to attempt the crossing despite the dangers involved. More than 3,700 migrants died in the Mediterranean last year, according to the International Organisation for Migration.