ROME Rescuers saved 484 migrants from boats in the Mediterranean on Saturday and located the bodies of seven adult men who had died in the attempt to get to Europe, Italy’s coast guard mentioned.
Far more than forty five,000 persons have reached Italy by boat from North Africa this yr, a a lot more than 40 per cent enhance on the similar time period of 2016, and one,222 persons are identified to have died on the route, according to the Intercontinental Corporation for Migration.
The migrants were rescued from four independent rubber boats by the Italian coast guard and navy, an aid group and two private vessels, the coast guard mentioned in a assertion.
The coast guard gave no further details. Most sea-borne migrants to Italy are initially from Sub-Saharan Africa or Bangladesh, and fork out Libya-centered smugglers to organize their passage.
(Reporting by Isla Binnie. Enhancing by Jane Merriman)