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US Navy Rescues 282 Migrants in Mediterranean

Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Katherine Stafford treats a mother and child after a medical evacuation aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan in the Mediterranean sea, June 7, 2014. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Aaron T. Kiser)
U.S. Navy warships have rescued 282 migrants in the Mediterranean Sea after receiving a distress call about a vessel sinking.

The assault ship USS Bataan and the frigate USS Elrod launched rescue operations after receiving a report from an Italian military patrol plane that had spotted six small vessels, one of which was sinking.

Navy officials announced Saturday the two ships rescued people from the sea, tahen gave assistance, including food, medical attention and shelter.

The Bataan turned over 277 people to Maltese military vessels on Friday. Another five were medically evacuated to Malta on Saturday.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.