Greece: ship with 700 migrants onboard awaited in Crete

Its destination was Italy but was drifting since yesterday

26 November, 11:12

    Container ship Baris with some 700 migrants onboard off the coast of the Greek island of Crete Container ship Baris with some 700 migrants onboard off the coast of the Greek island of Crete

    (ANSAmed) - ATHENS - Container ship Baris with some 700 migrants onboard - one-third are women and children - is expected at midday local time Wednesday at the port of Ierapetra, in the south-eastern coast of the Greek island of Crete, after it was towed by Greek Navy frigate Hydra.

    The towing operation of the cargo, which was sailing towards Italy when an engine failed, was difficult due to poor weather conditions, including strong winds and three-meter-high waves.

    Health services across the island have been on high alert since Tuesday to deal with the situation. According to private broadcaster Antenna1, the secretary-general of the public order ministry has been in Ierapetra since Tuesday to coordinate operations to assist and house migrants, while officials from the municipality, port and local hospital have all gathered to coordinate medical checkups for passengers, reportedly coming from different African countries, who will also have to be tested for the deadly Ebola virus.

    Officials from the hospital in Ierapetra, which has approximately 25,000 residents, have asked authorities to urgently provide doctors, nurses and policemen with the material necessary when they will come in contact with migrants.

    (ANSAmed).

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