Rescue officials had a torrid time trying to recover bodies of drowned migrants in the Mediterranean as Italian coast guards were able to recover 16 bodies and another 2, 200 migrants who were luckily plucked to safety.
Coast Guard ships as well as fishing boats, merchant ships and vessels from humanitarian organisations took part in separate operations under direction of the Coast Guard command in Rome a statement revealed.
The separate missions rescued migrants trying to reach Europe on 18 rubber boats and three small crafts, the statement added.
According to the International Organization for Migration estimates, more than 3,100 people have gone missing or died this year while trying to use this route to reach Europe by boat.
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