Footage released by rescue teams shows migrants being plucked from rubber boats in the Mediterranean after more than 1,000 people and six dead bodies were recovered on Sunday. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
NATURAL ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Rescuers plucked 1,164 people from rubber and wooden boats in the Mediterranean under heavy thunderstorms on Sunday (December 11) and recovered six dead bodies during the operations, relief services said. Italian coastguard and naval ships, a vessel from the European Union's anti-smuggling mission and private aid groups rescued the people from seven boats in the central Mediterranean. The coastguard gave no details about the six dead it found. Doctors Without Borders (MSF), one of the humanitarian groups that took part in Sunday's rescues, wrote about the stormy weather on Twitter: "It bucketed down during today's rescues. Winter on the Mediterranean is next-level grim." Most of the 4,715 deaths in the Mediterranean counted by the International Organization for Migration so far this year were reported en route to Italy from Libya, where traffickers have taken advantage of lawlessness to set up profitable businesses. In video filmed by the Italian coastguard a woman who was crying and visibly distressed was comforted by one of the officers. Those rescued will now be taken to an Italian port where they will be moved to holding centres throughout Italy.