>> Migrants rescued by this humanitarian ship may be seeking a new life in Europe.
t on board, one new life got started early. This is Miracle, a baby boy born on a rescue ship, Aquarius. His arrival coming amid a recent surge of migrants risking sea crossings from Libya to Italy as the weather has improved.
According to one Italian coast guard official, there have been more than 1,800 migrants rescued by humanitarian ships and Italy's navy and coast guard in the past three days. Arrivals from Libya, which serves as a staging post for people smugglers, have plummeted 85% this year compared with last year, after the Italian government provided support to the Libyan Coast Guard to stop migrant boats.
But the good weather and other factors seem to have reversed that trend. A spokesperson for the ship Aquarius said it was hard to know why the Libyan Coast Guard had not been as active in recent days. Aquarius brought 70 migrants to Sicily on Sunday and was heading back out later that day.
d while Miracle's birth may be a bright spot in those rescue operations, many on board carry with them stories of misery. That includes Miracle's mother, who told Medecins Sans Frontieres she had been held captive, beaten, given very little food, and extorted for money during her year in Libya.