Thousands rescued in the Mediterranean

Thousands rescued in the Mediterranean

Around 3000 migrants have been rescued in the Mediterranean as they tried to reach Europe, Italy's coast guard says.

The people were picked up in more than 20 separate rescue operations on Saturday involving the Italian coast guard and navy, the EU's EUNAVFOR mission in the Mediterranean, European Union border agency Frontex, NGOs and merchant ships.

The coast guard gave no details of the nationalities of those rescued.

According to the International Organisation for Migration, so far this year 43,490 migrants have arrived in Europe by sea as of April 26. More than 1000 have died or are missing.