Italy rescues almost 1,000 migrants at sea, one dead

April 11, 2015 11:01 AM

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ROME (Reuters) - Italian and merchant ships have rescued almost 1,000 migrants from three overcrowded skiffs near the coast of Libya and found one dead body, Italy's coast guard said.

The migrants sent out a distress call by satellite phone on Friday and were being taken to ports in Sicily, the coast guard added, without giving details of their nationalities.

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