Migrants rescued from boat bound for Greece from Turkey

Migrants rescued from boat bound for Greece from Turkey

Migrants rescued from boat bound for Greece from Turkey

Written by Staff Writer

06 Sep, 2016 | 3:44 pm

A boat carrying 58 migrants was rescued off the coast of Lesbos on Monday (September 5) with the assistance from the Emergency Response Centre International.

Footage released by the non-profit organisation, shows volunteers heading out at sunrise to help rescue the migrants who were attempting to reach Greece from Turkey.

It said eight women, 16 children and 34 men – all from Syria – were among those rescued. ERCI said the Swedish Frontex and the British warship, HMC Protector, were also involved in the operation.

Just a week ago, more than 460 migrants and refugees arrived on Greek islands from Turkey, the highest in several weeks. This comes despite a European Union deal with Ankara agreed in March to close off that route.

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