The Italian Coast Guard, aided by commercial vessels, rescued at least 16 boats of migrants off the coast of Libya on Sunday, the Associated Press reports. Ten bodies were recovered in the course of three different rescue operations.
According to the AP, smugglers have been taking advantage of calm seas this weekend to send packed ships across the Mediterranean. Officials say some 4,100 migrants have been rescued altogether on Saturday and Sunday, Reuters reports.
An ongoing investigation by an Italian court has found that smugglers make an average of $90,000 from each boat they launch. The Interior Ministry predicts that arrivals to Italy will increase in 2015 to 200,000 from 170,000.