A Norwegian ship, Siem Pilot, working for the European Union border agency Frontex brought to a port in Sicily on sunday (March 5) the body of one minor and more than 500 migrants rescued while trying to cross the Mediterranean.
Emergency workers reported that many migrants who arrived at Catania were from the Horn of Africa but also from Bangladesh, Pakistan, and some families from Syria.
New Italian figures published show far more people are braving the crossing from North Africa this year than last.
Since the beginning of the year, 14,319 migrants have been brought to Italy, according to the Interior Ministry.
That compares with 9,101 for the same period of 2016, a year in which a record 181,000 arrivals were recorded.