Italy's navy and coastguard, vessels run by other humanitarian groups, ships patrolling for an European Union anti-smuggling mission and a commercial tug boat helped rescue migrants as well, according to Reuters.
The dangerous journey across the sea
While the number of migrants trying to reach Europe via Turkey has decreased, the number of people taking the North Africa to Italy route has not changed, according to the United Nations refugee agency.
"The chances of dying on the Libya to Italy route are ten times higher than when crossing from Turkey to Greece," William Spindler, a spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees said in a media briefing Friday.
UNHCR estimated that during the first eight months of 2016, some 281,740 people have crossed the Mediterranean Sea to reach Europe and some 4,176 have died or gone missing since September of last year.