Greece transfers 483 migrants rescued onto ferry

Registration underway, over 100 minors onboard

24 November, 15:53

    (ANSAmed) - ATHENS, 24 NOV - The 483 migrants rescued south of Crete on Tuesday have been transferred onto a passenger ferry made available by the Greek authorities in the Palaiochora port while awaiting registration, according to the Greek Coast Guard.

    Those onboard are: 336 men, 10 women, 128 male minors and 9 female minors. Most are Egyptian, Syrian, Pakistani, Palestinian, and Sudanese nationals.

    On the basis of reports by broadcaster ERT, due to adverse meteorological conditions, on Wednesday the migrants had to get off the Samaria passenger boat due to rain and strong winds.

    Rescue operations from the 30-meter-long fishing boat on which the migrants had been travelling happened on Tuesday morning about 15 nautical miles from the southern coast of Crete, when the Coast Guard received a request for help.

    The fishing boat had been taking on water due to the bad weather conditions.

    Two Italian-flagged fishing boats assisted in the rescue operation and one of the two towed the fishing boat with the migrants onboard to the Palaiochora port, accompanied by the other vessels.

    After the rescue, Greek minister Notis Mitarakis sent a letter to EU deputy commissioner Margaritis Schinas and Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson, requesting the relocation of migrants in other European countries. (ANSAmed).

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