ROME: Six bodies were recovered and 108 migrants were rescued from a semi-submerged rubber dinghy, Italy’s coast guard said on Monday, as boat arrivals accelerate amid calm seas.
A private rescue ship called Aquarius run by humanitarian group SOS Mediterranee found the bodies on the rubber dingy on Sunday, a coast guard spokesman said. Five women were among those rescued. The coast guard had no details about the nationality of the migrants.
The migrants and the six corpses are being taken to the Italian island of Lampedusa, the coast guard said.
Separately, Italy’s coast guard rescued 33 migrants from a small island off the eastern coast of Sicily on Sunday.
Almost 6,000 migrants and refugees sailed from Libya to Italy last week in what appears the start of a wave of at least 100,000 and “possibly many, many more” this year, the International Organization for Migration said on Friday.