Greek authorities claim to have saved 108 migrants from a sailboat that was discovered in the Aegean Sea with no rudder and water seeping from it in nearly gale-force winds.
Greece’s Athens (AP) — Greek authorities reported on Sunday that they had saved 108 migrants from a sailboat that was discovered in the Aegean Sea with no rudder and water seeping from it in nearly gale-force gusts.
Four more persons are missing, according to the 63 men, 24 women, and 21 children who were among the migrants that were rescued.
The coast guard received reports of a sailboat drifting off the uninhabited island of Delos late Saturday. Three rescue craft and a tugboat were sent out. Authorities reported that early on Sunday, rescuers were able to tow the sailboat to an islet off the adjacent island of Mykonos. The migrants were taken to Mykonos in safety. They informed the authorities that their yacht had left Turkey for an unidentified location.
According to authorities, neither the migrants on board nor the vessel had any lifesaving supplies.
Shipping and Island Policy Minister Ioannis Plakiotakis remarked, “Once again, the coast guard saved lives that the merciless trafficking networks have subjected to fatal risk without even the barest protection measures.”
A sailboat carrying 56 migrants, including 28 men, 16 women, and 12 women, came aground near an inlet on the island of Rhodes late Sunday afternoon, according to authorities. The migrants reached the coast on their own and are all well.
Police said they found 71 migrants in two separate operations late Saturday and detained three men suspected of human trafficking in unconnected migration cases in the neighboring nation of North Macedonia.
In a home raid in the northern town of Kumanovo, police discovered 44 Pakistanis and one Indian. The homeowner, a 41-year-old man only known by his initials U.F., was taken into custody by the police. On their journey to certain EU countries, the migrants are thought to have entered the country illegally through Greece and were waiting to be transported into Serbia. In anticipation of deportation, they have been moved to a center for welcoming migrants near the Serbian border.
In a different incident, authorities in the southern region of the country carried out a routine inspection of a motorway toll checkpoint and found 26 Syrian migrants concealed in a vehicle. The van driver and his aide, both citizens of Macedonia, were taken into custody, the police reported on Sunday.
In anticipation of their deportation to Greece, the migrants were moved to a reception facility close to the border.
North Macedonia has reportedly become a more popular route for migrants traveling via the Balkans in recent months as numerous nations dropped their COVID-19 travel bans.
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