Around 6,500 migrants have been rescued off Libya, according to the Italian coastguard, in one of its biggest co-ordinated operations in recent years.
Images showed migrants wearing life jackets jumping off one of their boats into the Mediterranean and swimming toward rescuers.
The Italian coastguard said Monday’s operations included vessels from humanitarian organisations as well as the EU’s border agency Frontex.
The rescue comes just a day after around 1,100 migrants, mostly from Somalia, were saved from the Strait of Sicily.
That group was found on eight rubber dinghies, one large boat and two punts.
Over the past year, 105,342 migrants have reached Italy by boat, most of them setting off from Libya.
Many are fleeing from violence and poverty and are desperate enough to risk the sailing on dangerously small and unsuitable vessels.
An estimated 2,726 people have died over the same period, according to the International Organisation for Migration.
Someone is supplying these turds in life jackets with boats. The boat suppliers need to be arrested and the boats sunk before they can leave port.
Rescued Africans need to be returned to their point of departure.
All European rescue vessels should be ordered to remain in port. Vessels operating along Europe’s coasts ought to be empowered to sink intruding vessels.
Europe does not need parasitic Africans. The contribute nothing but crime, disease, and stress.