More than 4,500 migrants were rescued from the Mediterranean Tuesday in 30 separate operations in the Strait of Sicily, said Italy’s coastguard, which coordinated the missions. More than 1,100 people were saved by a single Italian coastguard patrol vessel which took on board the passengers of a stricken wooden boat and five dinghies.
The wooden boat alone had 435 migrants aboard, including 124 women and 18 children, according to the coastguard. Four Italian naval vessels saved more than 900 others, while boats belonging to charities and aid groups, the EU border patrol agency Frontex and the EU’s Sophia anti-people smuggling mission rescued the remaining migrants. FULL REPORT