Italy's coast guard said it co-ordinated the rescue of some 4,400 migrants in a single day, a record-setting number, as smugglers took advantage of ideal sea conditions off Libya to launch a fleet of overcrowded, unseaworthy boats.
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4,400 migrants rescued in the Mediterranean in a single day, say Italian Coast Guard
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Stepping Over the Dead on a Migrant Boat
What a photographer saw when a rescue vessel went into action off the Libyan coast.
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It began with blips on a radar screen, 12 miles off the Libyan coast. As the rescuers approached, they found overloaded wooden vessels and rafts that evoked scenes of the slave trade.