More than 700 migrants rescued from the Mediterranean and taken to Sicily

More than 700 migrants rescued from the Mediterranean and taken to Sicily

The Italian Coast Guard say they have conducted more than 6,000 rescues

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

A total of 729 migrants have been rescued off the coast of Italy and taken to Sicily today, according to reports.

The migrants were trying to reach Italy when they were rescued from boats in the Mediterranean, according to Reuters.

Nine bodies were brought to the Sicily port; they had died at some point on the journey.

The Italian Coast Guard also said it conducted more than 6,000 sea rescues from Friday to Sunday.

This brings the total number of arrivals in 2016 to 155,000. Yesterday Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said the country cannot handle similar numbers next year.

This year the International Organisation for Migration has estimated more than 3,500 people have disappeared or died when attempting to cross the Mediterranean from North Africa.