75 migrants drowned in the Mediterranean in northern Libya earlier this week when they tried to reach Italy by boat, according to the United Nations’ International Organization for Migration. Fishermen can save 15 people. The survivors were taken to a port in Zuwara in northwest Libya, according to the International Organization for Migration.
On Saturday, the Italian Coast Guard rescued more than 420 migrants in harsh sea weather, according to the Associated Press.
350 people, including 40 minors, were rescued from a fishing boat in distress, 115 kilometers off the coast of Sicily. The immigrants were transferred to Sicily. The coast guard said the boat was “in danger due to the difficult weather conditions at sea and the large number of people on board.”
Another 70 people were brought ashore by another coast guard vessel off the Italian island of Lampedusa.
Severe weather complicated rescue efforts, as among other things, four cargo ships in the area had to withdraw and act as windbreaks to mitigate strong winds when transferring migrants to rescue boats.
Many people trying to migrate to Europe end up with smugglers in Libya and embark on dangerous boat journeys. By the beginning of September, nearly 1,400 people had died at sea this year, the UN’s International Migration Agency knew.
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