More than 1,100 asylum seekers rescued off Italian coast

A ceremony commemorates the migrants who drowned off the island of Lampedusa in Agrigento on October 21, 2013.

More than 1,100 asylum seekers have been rescued off the coast of Italy, the nation's navy said in a statement.

Patrol choppers saw the overcrowded rafts, and four navy vessels rescued those on board Wednesday.

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Officials believe the asylum seekers were from sub-Saharan Africa. About 50 children were on board.

All of the passengers are en route to the port of Augusta, were they are expected to arrive Friday.

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