"With insufficient fuel, no life jackets or other safety features, and often with no means to call for help, such as a satellite phone, these boats have virtually no chance of reaching European coasts by themselves and they are in need of rescue from the moment they depart," the report states. It added that in the first half of 2017, 73,000 refugees and migrants reached Italy by sea, 14 per cent more than in the same period the previous year. It is estimated that by the end of June, 2,0030 people had died or gone missing when making the crossing. The organisation warned that at this rate, 2017 could be the deadliest year for migrants in the Mediterranean.

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