About 8,300 migrants have been rescued from unseaworthy smugglers boats over Easter weekend in the Mediterranean.
A UN refugee agency spokeswoman, Carlotta Sami, tweeted on Monday that “rescuers worked incessantly” over Friday, Saturday and Sunday, to save them. Eight migrants died, including a pregnant woman. More than 1,400 of those rescued were saved by European border and coast guard agency Frontex, which said it was involved in 13 search-and-rescue operations over Easter weekend.
Private humanitarian organizations were involved in many of the rescue operations, while Italy’s coast guard coordinated the rescues.