Ten bodies recovered from rubber dinghy in the mediterranean

More than 2,000 people have been picked up as part of huge rescue operation overseen by the Italian coast Guard

Ten bodies recovered from rubber dinghy in the mediterranean

File photo. Image: Lefteris Pitarakis / AP/Press Association Images

Ten bodies have been recovered from a rubber dinghy in the Mediterranean sea off the Libyan coast.

The discovery prompted a huge rescue operation - overseen by the Italian Coast guard - which saw more than 2,000 people rescued.

The Italian Coast Guard said the migrants were picked up in 16 separate rescue operations that saw people pulled from 13 rubber dinghies, two small boats and one large ship.

A mass operation undertaken by the Italian coastguard yesterday saw 1,200 people - including babies and children - rescued. 

Earlier this week, the International Organization for Migration said 4,220 migrants had died in the Mediterranean so far this year - compared with 3,777 in the whole of 2015.

The organisation said that as of Wednesday, 159,496 people had reached Italy by sea this year.

The below video - released today by the Italian coast Guard - shows 130 people being rescued from an overcrowded rubber boat: