Thousands of migrants stranded off coast of Libya

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Libya - 17 April 2017 - Rescue workers are battling to save as many as 1,800 migrants stranded on boats off the coast of Libya.

LIBYA  - Rescue workers are battling to save as many as 1,800 migrants stranded on boats off the coast of Libya.

According to CNN, rescue crews from the The Migrant Offshore Aid Station have been working for the last 24 hours and have pulled 453 people to safety so far.

Crews were forced to suspend the operation overnight with their rescue vessel the Phoenix running at full capacity.

The charity's founder, Christopher Catrambone, said yesterday:  "Nobody has ever seen anything like what we are witnessing this weekend."

"So far nearly 32,000 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017. Over 550 have drowned making the crossing.

- Addditional Reporting - Wochit