The Courier-Mail

2500 more mi­grants res­cued


ATHENS: In the past three days, Greece’s coast guard has picked up al­most 2500 mi­grants from the sea, as the re­lent­less flow of peo­ple seek­ing the safety of Europe af­ter fac­ing war and poverty in the Mid­dle East, Africa and Asia con­tin­ues.

The coast guard said yesterday it had res­cued 2492 peo­ple in 70 oper­a­tions off the eastern is­lands of Les­bos, Chios, Samos, Agath­on­isi, Far­makon­isi, Kos and Symi from Fri­day morn­ing un­til yesterday morn­ing.

The coast guard also res­cued another 13 peo­ple in the wa­ter near Chios. One was un­con­scious and hos­pi­talised.

Greece has this year been over­whelmed by record num­bers of mi­grants – the vast ma­jor­ity from Syria and Afghanista­n – reach­ing its eastern Aegean is­lands from the Turk­ish coast. More than 200,000 have ar­rived.

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