A private rescue
ship called Aquarius run by humanitarian group SOS Mediterranee
found the bodies on the rubber dingy on Sunday, a coast guard
spokesman said. Five women were among those rescued. The coast
guard had no details about the nationality of the migrants.
The migrants and the six corpses are being taken to the Italian
island of Lampedusa, the coast guard said.
Separately, Italy's coast guard rescued 33 migrants from a small
island off the eastern coast of Sicily on Sunday.
Almost 6,000 migrants and refugees sailed from Libya to Italy
last week in what appears the start of a wave of at least
100,000 and "possibly many, many more" this year, the
International Organization for Migration said on Friday.
(Reporting by Steve Scherer; Editing by Dominic Evans)
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