French Patrol Ship Rescues 217 Migrants Off Libya Coast

Maritime police said in a statement a French patrol ship rescued 217 migrants from three small boats that had run into trouble off the coast of Libya on Saturday. According to the statement, the Commandant Birot helped several dozen people in distress and intercepted two suspected people smugglers. The maritime police added that they were responding to a call from the maritime rescue coordination center in Rome as part of the European Union's operation Triton. The rescued migrants and the suspected people smugglers have been handed over to the Italian authorities.