MIILDER weather has seen a surge in migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea – with more than 5,000 rescued over the weekend.
More than 100 people drowned, including an eight-year-old boy.
The Malta-based Migrant Offshore Aid Station tweeted that their crew had “never seen anything like it”.
The Phoenix continued searching despite being overloaded with 450 migrants.
Meanwhile, two other rescue ships, Prudence and Aquarius, operated by Medecins Sans Frontieres, rescued 1,000 on Friday.
And in late February, 87 bodies washed ashore in Libya.
Joel Millman, spokesman for the International Organization for Migration, said in March that the “pace of arrivals has exceeded anything we’ve seen before in the Mediterranean”