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Over 1,000 migrants rescued in 48 hours from Mediterranean

  • African refugees and migrants, mostly from Sudan and Senegal, look at the sea aboard Golfo Azurro, the Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms rescue ship, after being rescued from a boat out of control at 25 miles north of Sabratha, off the Libyan coast, early in the morning on Thursday Feb. 23, 2016. (AP Photo/Santi Palacios)

    African refugees and migrants, mostly from Sudan and Senegal, look at the sea aboard Golfo Azurro, the Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms rescue ship, after being rescued from a boat out of control at 25 miles north of Sabratha, off the Libyan coast, early in the morning on Thursday Feb. 23, 2016. (AP Photo/Santi Palacios)  (The Associated Press)

  • Refugees and migrants rest aboard Golfo Azurro, the Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms rescue ship, after being rescued from a boat out of control at 25 miles north of Sabratha, off the Libyan coast, early in the morning on Thursday Feb. 23, 2016. (AP Photo/Santi Palacios)

    Refugees and migrants rest aboard Golfo Azurro, the Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms rescue ship, after being rescued from a boat out of control at 25 miles north of Sabratha, off the Libyan coast, early in the morning on Thursday Feb. 23, 2016. (AP Photo/Santi Palacios)  (The Associated Press)

  • A woman from Ivory Coat holds her child, as they wait aboard a rubber boat out of control to be assisted by an NGO, 25 miles north of Sabratha, off the Libyan coast, early in the morning on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2016. (AP Photo/Santi Palacios)

    A woman from Ivory Coat holds her child, as they wait aboard a rubber boat out of control to be assisted by an NGO, 25 miles north of Sabratha, off the Libyan coast, early in the morning on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2016. (AP Photo/Santi Palacios)  (The Associated Press)

More than 1,000 migrants have been rescued in the Mediterranean Sea during several operations since Wednesday, and many more are expected to attempt the perilous journey as winter ends.

Rescuers found 332 people on Thursday in three separate rubber boats traveling north of the Libyan coast, according to Proactiva Open Arms, the nonprofit that operates the Golfo Azzurro rescue vessel.

The first boat was located 25 miles offshore. It carried 99 people, including two pregnant women and some passengers with burn injuries, Proactiva spokeswoman Laura Lanuza said.

The nonprofit group found two more boats in the afternoon and rescued all 233 people onboard. The Golfo Azzurro was escorting them to a port in Sicily.

In a separate operation, Italy's coast guard said that some of the 730 migrants rescued during seven different operations Wednesday were brought ashore Thursday.

Migrants attempting to reach Europe from the Mideast and Africa typically are fleeing violence or seeking better economic opportunities.

The International Organization for Migration recorded the arrival to Europe by sea of 13,170 people since the beginning of the year. At least 272 have been reported dead or missing from the dangerous crossing, according to the IOM.