VICE News/Reuters: More than 3,300 migrants were rescued in the Mediterranean over the weekend
Italian ships rescued more than 3,300 migrants in 26 separate operations in the Mediterranean over the weekend, a spokesperson for the Italian navy said on Sunday.
The people were picked up from 25 dinghies and one boat, all north of the Libyan coast, the Italian coast guard said in a separate statement.
The navy spokesperson said one adult was found dead and another four injured migrants were transported by helicopter to the nearest hospital, on the island of Lampedusa.
Italy is on the front line of Europe's worst immigration crisis since World War II, with little sign of any slowdown in the flow of people coming from North Africa.
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Update: 3,500 migrants rescued in single day off Libyan coast (UPI)
WNU Editor: This falls on the heels of 5,000 being saved on Thursday .... At least 5,000 migrants rescued from Mediterranean in one day – Coast Guard (Euronews). It's summertime in the Mediterranean right now. Expect these crossings and the numbers involved to now explode.