British naval vessel HMS Bulwark rescues more than 400 migrants, 40 miles off the coast of Libya. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: The British navy rescued more than 400 migrants in the Mediterranean, 40 miles off the coast of Libya on Wednesday. HMS Bulwark, the Royal Navy flagship rescued the migrants from four inflatable boats, which each had over 100 people on board including pregnant women, and children. The operation started in the early hours of Wednesday morning, with eight landing craft contributing to the search and rescue effort. About 1,800 migrants have died in the Mediterranean this year, the U.N. refugee agency says. Some 51,000 have entered Europe by sea, with 30,500 coming via Italy, fleeing war and poverty in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Most travel to Europe through Libya, which has descended into chaos nearly four years after the fall of Muammar Gaddafi.