2,600 Migrants Rescued in the Mediterranean Sea

It is the latest of a series of recent rescues at sea.

— LONDON -- Around 2,600 migrants were saved in the Mediterranean Sea today in several rescue operations, according to the Italian Coast Guard.

MOAS, the Migrant Offshore Aid Station, a Malta-based foundation that provides search and rescue at sea, assisted in the rescue of at least 354 migrants. Seven people died, according to MOAS.

The five women and two men who lost their lives trying to reach Europe were on board an overloaded rubber boat. People were frightened and inhaling toxic fumes from the vessel's broken engine, according to a statement released by MOAS.

Today's operations are the latest in a series of recent migrant rescues at sea. In only one week, from Sunday Aug. 28 until Friday Sept. 2, around 12,000 migrants were rescued in the Mediterranean Sea, the International Organization for Migration told ABC News.

In 2015 and in the first half of 2016, over 6,600 refugees or migrants drowned or went missing in the Mediterranean after their boats capsized while trying to reach Europe, according to the International Organization for Migration.

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