Greece Rescues 100 Migrants from Shipwreck

Written by Camilla Jessen

Mar.05 - 2024 1:47 PM CET

Photo: Alessio Tricani /
Photo: Alessio Tricani /
Greek officials saved 100 migrants from a stranded smuggling ship along the southern coast on Monday.

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The Greek coast guard reported that a tugboat was dispatched to rescue migrants from a vessel that had run aground near the country's southern shores. All individuals were safely transported to Monemvasia, a southeastern village, without any injuries, accroding to AP.

The smuggling ship was found close to Cape Maleas, at the southeastern edge of the Peloponnese peninsula.

However, there has been no information shared regarding the nationalities of the migrants, the specifics of the ship, or their point of origin.

A Known Smugglers' Route

This incident occurred on a known path that smugglers use to ferry migrants on packed sailing yachts from Turkey to Italy. This route skirts around southern Greece, evading patrols that are concentrated near the eastern Aegean islands.

In a separate but related incident in northern France, a tragic event unfolded as a small boat carrying migrants to the English Channel capsized, leading to the death of a seven-year-old girl.

Additionally, Cypriot police recently reported the rescue of 60 Syrian migrants found on a small boat approximately 55 kilometers off the island state's southeastern coast.

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