More than 4,200 migrants rescued in 24 hours in Mediterranean as crisis grows

Migrants wait to disembark from the Irish navy ship LE Eithne as they arrive in the Sicilian harbour of Palermo, Italy, May 30, 2015. REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

More than 4,200 migrants trying to reach Europe have been rescued from boats in the Mediterranean in last 24 hours, the Italian coastguard said on Saturday.

In some of the most intense Mediterranean migrant traffic of the year, a total of 4,243 people have been saved from fishing boats and rubber dinghies in 22 operations involving ships from nations including Italy, Ireland, Germany, Belgium and Britain.

On Friday the Italian navy said 17 dead bodies had been found on one of the boats off Libya. Details of the nationalities of the victims and how they died have not yet been released.

The bodies and more than 200 survivors will be brought to the port of Augusta in eastern Sicily aboard the Italian navy corvette Fenice later on Saturday, the coastguard said…

Italian Naval vessel Spica carrying close to 1000 migrants rescued in on-going operations is seen in this May 30, 2015 handout picture provided by Marina Militare. REUTERS/Marina Militare/Handout via Reuters

Italian Naval vessel Spica carrying close to 1000 migrants rescued in on-going operations is seen in this May 30, 2015 handout picture provided by Marina Militare. REUTERS/Marina Militare/Handout via Reuters

A woman disembarks from the Irish navy ship LE Eithne in the Sicilian harbour of Palermo, Italy, May 30, 2015.  REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

A woman disembarks from the Irish navy ship LE Eithne in the Sicilian harbour of Palermo, Italy, May 30, 2015. REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

  • pop

    Icky. More stinky invaders.

    • tom_billesley

      The Italian sailors are suitable dressed for exposure to toxic refuse

  • Raymond Hietapakka

    …all future inventors, physicians, entrepreneurs, software designers, tradesmen, agriculturalists, for sure…