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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