(CBS News) The Italian Coast Guard said Wednesday, that it had rescued almost 10,000 migrants since Friday in the waters off the coast of Libya. In the first three months of 2015, 15,000 migrants are believed to have reached Italy's shores.
On Sunday, rescuers reached an overturned boat 80 miles north of the Libyan coast and pulled 144 migrants clinging to its overturned hull to safety. Nine bodies were recovered in the water nearby.
Survivors told the non-profit group Save the Children that an additional 400 people had been on board, leading to fears they may have drowned. However, the Italian Coast Guard said Tuesday that an exhaustive three-day search-and-rescue operation had yielded no evidence of additional victims.
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