Some 1,725 migrants have reportedly been pulled to safety by rescuers, in the Mediterranean, on Thursday.
Rescuers pulled 1,725 migrants to safety from boats in the Mediterranean on Thursday, Italy’s coast guard said, as seaborne arrivals to Europe’s southern shores keep climbing.
Sixteen separate missions were involved in rescuing the migrants, including Italy’s coast guard and navy, the European Union’s anti people-smuggling mission, two humanitarian organisations and two merchant ships, the coast guard said.
It did not say where the migrants, who were travelling in 14 rubber and two wooden boats, originally came from.
Most of the migrants arriving in Italy tend to be from sub-Saharan Africa.