3,000 migrants rescued off Italy in single day, tensions rise

An Italian Navy inflatable boat (front) rescues migrants on a fishing boat off Libya on August 15, 2015Italy’s coastguard on Saturday successfully coordinated the rescue of around 3000 migrants in the Mediterranean after receiving distress calls from more than 20 overcrowded vessels drifting in waters off Libya. One of the biggest single-day rescue operations to date appeared to have been concluded without any reports of casualties. Two navy ships, the Cigala Fulgosi and the Vega, picked up, respectively, 507 and 432 migrants from two wooden boats in danger of sinking just off Libya, the navy said.

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