WATCH: Footage shows scores rescued from adrift boat by Italian coastguard

Dozens of children are seen to be among those taken to safety

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Image: YouTube/Guardia Costiera

Footage has emerged of the Italian coastguard rescuing scores of refugees and migrants from an overloaded boat in the Mediterranean.

The footage, posted on Wednesday, shows  several smaller craft approach the boat.

They then help the people off the distressed ship, before taking them back to a larger coastguard vessel.

Several of the people rescued are seen wearing orange life-jackets.

Dozens of children, who are heard crying, are also seen to be among those taken to safety.

The boat which the refugees and migrants were rescued from appears to be be adrift and rusting.

Their place of origin is not known.

This latest rescue comes after the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said more than 2,500 people have died trying to cross the Mediterranean so far this year.

The UNHCR said 2016 is "proving to be particularly deadly", as it revealed at least 880 people died trying to cross the sea in the last week alone after vessels capsized or were shipwrecked.

The figure for 2016 so far compares to 1,855 in the same period last year.

While a staggering more than 10,00 people have died trying to cross the Mediterranean to reach Europe since 2014