In just one day : rescued more than 4,200 refugees from the Mediterranean Sea
Rescuers have rescued more than 4,200 refugees from the Mediterranean Sea , 17 died during the crossing . Pope Francis renewed his criticism of the EU immigration policy : to let the migrants die is an " attempt on the life "
Rescuers in the Mediterranean are currently in continuous search . The German frigate " Hessen " and volunteers from Italy and other countries have saved 4243 refugees in just one day .
The frigate " Hessen " took on Friday 880 people on board , including 118 women and 27 children . The refugees were rescued by rubber boats , some of which are already threatened to sink . The castaways were taken on board , where they were medically cared for and looked after . They are now to be brought in an Italian port and handed over to the authorities .
According to Italian Coast Guard ships from Ireland are also taking part in the search , the Italian Coast Guard , Marine and rescue workers of the EU border protection missions " Triton " and some merchant ships are also involved in the rescue mission . The rescued people were in total of nine vessels and 13 dinghies on the way across the Mediterranean Sea , as they got into distress . When the Coast Guard reached there more cries for help through satellite phones were received .
However, the savior of the Italian Coast Guard also discovered the bodies of 17 migrants who had been trying to reach the Italian territorial waters in a rubber dinghy . how many people have died , is initially unclear .
It is one of the biggest rescue missions of this year .