Around 4,500 migrants have reportedly been rescued, from dozens of small boats, by the Italian navy and coastguard, in the Mediterranean Sea, during the course of Thursday.
The Italian navy and coastguard say they have rescued about 4,500 migrants from dozens of small boats in the Mediterranean during the course of Thursday.
A woman’s body was recovered from one of the vessels.
More favourable weather conditions have resulted in a major increase in the number of people leaving north Africa. Many of the unseaworthy boats were spotted about 40km (25 miles) from the Libyan coast.
“We saved a total of about 4,500 people in about 40 rescue operations,” a coastguard spokesman told AFP news agency.
He added that the operations were continuing and the number might rise.