Swedish ship helps rescue 800 boat migrants

A Swedish Coast Guard ship helped on Monday with the rescue of some 800 migrants who attempted to cross the Mediterranean sea.

The rescue operation by Poseidon was carried out with ships from both the Italian and Irish navies, news agency TT reports.

The ships encountered two wooden boats overflowing with roughly 800 migrants trying to reach Italy from the north African coast.

TT reports the migrants would be taken to Italy by Wednesday.

Poseidon has been taking part in the European Union's humanitarian operation in the Mediterranean and has helped rescue 4,723 migrants since left for the sea in June.