The Libyan Coast Guard rescued Monday 600 illegal migrants who were stranded at sea on the verge of drowning as they were cruising on three rubber boats toward Europe.

The spokesperson of the Naval Forces, Ayoup Qasim, said the Coast Guard intercepted three inflatable boats with 600 immigrants of different nationalities aboard, among whom some women and children, 10 miles to the north of Sabratha and Sorman.

Qasim pointed out that the Coast Guard transferred the immigrants to Al-Zawiya port where they received medical, psychological and humanitarian care.

Reports say that the illegal immigration phenomenon is surging especially with the start of spring, which is very suitable for immigration by sea, in addition, they outlined that there are at least 300 thousand migrants on the ground in Libya waiting for a chance to be smuggled by boat to Europe.