Some 700 migrants rescued in Mediterranean, 23 found dead: Italian coastguard

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Posted: Nov 03, 2017 3:08 PM

ROME (Reuters) - Rescuers pulled 700 boat migrants to safety in the Mediterranean and found 23 bodies during one operation on Friday, an Italian coastguard spokesman said.

Six rescue operations were carried out in the Central Mediterranean route between Libya and Europe's southern frontier in the course of the day, the spokesman said.

A Spanish ship recovered the dead, along with 64 survivors, from a sinking rubber boat, the EU's Operation Sophia naval mission said on its Facebook page.

(Reporting by Isla Binnie; Editing by Alison Williams)