Greek coast guards rescue 108 migrants at sea, 4 stay lacking
The Greek coast guard rescued 108 migrants from a sailboat that was discovered rudderless and leaking water within the Aegean Sea in close to gale power winds, authorities stated on Sunday.
The rescued migrants — 63 males, 24 girls and 21 kids — informed the Greek authorities that 4 different folks have been lacking.
Studies of a sailboat adrift off the uninhabited island of Delos reached the coast guard late Saturday, prompting it to dispatch three rescue vessels and a tugboat.
Early Sunday morning, rescuers managed to tow the sailboat to an islet off the close by island of Mykonos, whereas the rescued migrants have been safely transported to the island.
They informed authorities that their boat had sailed from Turkey to an unknown vacation spot.
“As soon as once more, the coast guard saved lives that the ruthless trafficking networks have uncovered to mortal hazard with out even the barest safety measures,” Transport and Island Coverage Minister Ioannis Plakiotakis stated.
Macedonian route energetic once more
In unrelated migration circumstances within the neighbouring nation of North Macedonia, police stated they found 71 migrants in two separate operations late Saturday and arrested three males suspected of human trafficking.
Police raided a house within the northern city of Kumanovo and located 44 Pakistanis and one individual from India.
Police arrested the house owner, a 41-year-old recognized solely by his initials as U.F.
The migrants are believed to have entered illegally from Greece and have been ready to be smuggled to Serbia on their solution to unidentified EU international locations.
They’ve been transferred to a migrant reception centre on the border with Serbia pending deportation.
In one other case, police found 26 migrants from Syria hidden in a van throughout a routine test on a freeway toll station within the southern a part of the nation.
The van driver and his assistant — each Macedonian nationals — have been arrested, police stated Sunday.
The migrants have been transferred to a reception centre close to the border with Greece pending deportation to that nation.
Police say a department of the Balkan route for migrants by North Macedonia has change into extra energetic once more up to now few months after many international locations lifted journey restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.