Italian Coastguard Rescues Over 100 Migrants

Italian Coastguard Rescues Over 100 Migrants

One hundred and thirty migrants were rescued in the Mediterranean on Friday (June 10), the Italian coastguard said.

In footage the coastguard released on Saturday (June 11), migrants were seen moving from a coastguard ship to a patrol boat before being brought to the Italian island of Lampedusa.

The coastguard had no details about the nationalities of the migrants.

Italy is on the front line of Europe's migration crisis, now in its third year. Almost 50,000 people have come ashore in Italy this year, about 10 percent fewer than in the same period last year, according to the Interior Ministry.

Warm weather and calm seas have led to a surge in attempted crossings over the past three weeks, and hence in the number of deaths, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) has said.

Some 320 migrants are believed to have drowned off the Greek island of Crete last week. So far 2,809 deaths have been recorded this year, about 1,000 more than in the same period of last year, the IOM estimates.