Norwegian ship Siem Pilot picks up 781 migrants in the Mediterranean rescued by Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) and the Italian Navy, according to UNHCR. Rough Cut (no reoprter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) More than 700 people, including eight women and a number of children, were rescued on Tuesday (September 1) in the Mediterranean by a Norwegian ship, according to UNHCR, the U.N. refugee agency. Norwegian ship Siem Pilot was picking up the 781 migrants rescued by medical aid agency Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF) and Italian Navy. Alongside the survivors, four dead bodies were brought on board the Siem Pilot, said UNHCR. The migrants - mostly from Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal and Ivory Coast - were picked up by ships patrolling the Mediterranean as part of EU border agency Frontex's operation. The number of refugees and migrants crossing the Mediterranean to reach Europe has passed 300,000 this year, up from 219,000 in the whole of 2014, UNHCR said on Friday (August 28).