November 30, 2022

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The Greek Coast Guard launched a major rescue operation

Hundreds of migrants from Crete were distressed by the strong winds. They can be saved in large-scale operations.

After a nighttime rescue operation southwest of Crete, hundreds of migrants were brought safely to a port by boat. The boat was towed to a port in Crete, a spokesman for the Greek coast guard told AFP news agency on Tuesday. Asylum seekers are still on board.

The Coast Guard received an emergency call shortly after midnight. However, the rescue operation was hampered due to strong winds. Two cargo ships, a tanker and two Italian fishing boats were standing by to assist the disabled boat.

EU border security Frontex makes escape route difficult

According to a report by broadcaster ERT, there were 430 people on board the fishing boat. A coast guard spokesman had earlier told AFP news agency that there were between 400 and 500 passengers. It was initially unclear which countries the asylum seekers came from. Footage from the ERT showed men on the deck of a mostly outdated and rusty vessel.

Smugglers are increasingly using the long and dangerous route south of Crete to reach the EU, as patrols in the Aegean have been stepped up by the Greek coast guard and the EU border security agency Frontex. Migrants often face high risks when crossing in sea-tight boats.