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Greece: Immigrants rescued in Aegean

Greece: Immigrants rescued in Aegean

Greek authorities rescued dozens of illegal immigrants Wednesday from a boat that became stranded in rough weather in the Aegean Sea.
The 53 immigrants, including six children and four women, were rescued south of the island of Mylos, the Merchant Marine Ministry said.
The rescue effort began Tuesday night and involved commercial vessels, a navy frigate, a helicopter and a military transport plane. It was initially hampered by strong winds in the area, said the ministry, which deals with rescues at sea.
It said initial information had indicated that 56 immigrants were on board the boat, but that it later turned out the actual number was 53. It said all were in good health and were being transported to the southern island of Crete aboard a merchant vessel.
Greece is a busy transit point for immigrants seeking to enter the European Union illegally.
On Tuesday, a boat carrying 19 illegal immigrants, including three children and two women, overturned near the island of Symi, near the Turkish coast, when it attempted to evade a Greek Coast Guard vessel in bad weather, the ministry said.
One of the children, a baby, was pulled out of the water unconscious and was later pronounced dead at a health center on Symi. The other 18 immigrants were rescued, the ministry said.


Updated : 2021-07-29 08:44 GMT+08:00