Italy’s coast guard says eight migrants died at sea

File photo of a migrant waiting to disembark from a Coast Guard ship in the Sicilian harbour of Messina, Italy. (Reuters)

The Italian coast guard recovered the bodies of eight people as it rescued a further 84 from a dinghy that ran into trouble off Libya’s coast, it said on Saturday.

It said an aircraft on patrol for a European mission against migrant smuggling in the Mediterranean spotted the rubber boat that was in difficulty Saturday morning. Italian navy and coast guard vessels were involved in the rescue.|

The Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms, whose boat wasn’t involved in the rescue, says many migrants were in the water for hours before being saved and that as many as dozens might still be missing.

Last Update: Saturday, 6 January 2018 KSA 19:44 - GMT 16:44

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