Italy rescues 4,400 migrants

Italian Navy, CG, border police, Norwegian and Irish navies assist migrants.

Italian navy rescues a record 4,400 migrants off Libya

Italy’s coast guard says it coordinated the rescue of some 4,400 migrants in a single day, a record-setting number, as smugglers took advantage of ideal sea conditions off Libya to launch a fleet of overcrowded, unseaworthy boats.

The coast guard on Sunday said 22 rescue operations were carried out a day earlier for motorised rubber dinghies and fishing boats, all crammed with migrants desperate to reach Europe’s southern shores.

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