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Over 2,200 Migrants Rescued in the Mediterranean, 10 Bodies Found

Aid workers from the aid group Sea-Watch carry out training drills off the coast of Malta in preparation for a mission in the Mediterranean to search for migrants attempting to reach Europe by boat from the Libyan coast. Credit: Juan Medina/Reuters

Aid workers from the aid group Sea-Watch carry out training drills off the coast of Malta in preparation for a mission in the Mediterranean to search for migrants attempting to reach Europe by boat from the Libyan coast. Credit: Juan Medina/Reuters

Milan: More than 2,200 migrants were rescued in the Mediterranean on Saturday as they tried to reach Europe and 10 bodies were recovered, Italy’s coast guard said in a statement.

The migrants were picked up from 13 rubber dinghies, two small boats and one large vessel in 16 separate rescue operations.

The International Organisation for Migration’s said this week that 4,220 migrants had died in the Mediterranean so far this year, compared with 3,777 in the whole of 2015.

As of November 2nd, 1,59,496 people had reached Italy by sea this year, the IOM said.