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HMS Bulwark rescues 1,000 in one day in largest operation to date

The crew of Royal Navy vessel HMS Bulwark have rescued more than 1,000 migrants in just one day in their largest operation to date.

In one operation at least 10 pregnant women were saved. The latest mission brings the total number of people rescued by the ship to 2,700.

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HMS Bulwark aids rescue of at least 500 migrants

HMS Bulwark has begun a rescue mission to save at least 500 migrants found in four boats in the seas off Libya.

"From first light this morning, a Merlin helicopter from 814 Squadron onboard HMS Bulwark has been conducting surveillance operations and has identified four migrant vessels in distress, containing a total of at least 500 people," a Ministry of Defence spokeswoman said.

At least four vessels are said to be in distress. Credit: Pool

"HMS Bulwark has now commenced rescue operations to recover those in the vessels."

HMS Bulwark has now commenced rescue operations to recover the boats. Credit: Pool

It is estimated that more than 1,600 people have drowned so far this year trying to make the crossing.

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