Coast guard saves 85 migrants
Coast guard officers yesterday rescued 85 undocumented migrants including several children from a sailing boat that had issued a distress signal a few kilometers off the island of Astypalaia in the southern Aegean amid harsh weather conditions. The migrants – 15 children, 20 women and 50 men – are believed to be from Syria and Afghanistan. They were all rescued after Greek authorities responded to their signal by dispatching four coast guard vessels and a navy frigate, which were aided by two cargo vessels that happened to be in the area. The rescue efforts were hampered by hail and high winds.
A 39-year-old man from Ermionida in the Peloponnese who shot his 32-year-old girlfriend in the face before apparently trying to burn himself alive in his car was being treated for serious burns yesterday while the 32-year-old was hospitalized in Athens for treatment to her injuries. The 39year-old was transferred from Nafplio to a specialist unit in Athens later in the day. The assailant underwent a three-hour operation before being transferred to a plastic surgery unit. Both were believed to be out of danger.
Illegal brothels are thriving in the streets between Victoria Square and Fylis Street in central Athens, according to a written document submitted by Public Order Minister Nikos Dendias to Parliament yesterday in response to questions about the problem by three lawmakers of leftist SYRIZA. Inspections on 10 brothels in the area between October and November indicated that most of the establishments had reopened illegally after being closed by authorities and led to a total of 59 arrests on a total of 100 criminal charges.
A father of three from Kavala, in northern Greece, is the winner of this year’s national lottery, netting 3.5 million euros after taxes, it emerged yesterday. The man, who had not claimed his prize by late last night, is a small businessman who had been struggling in recent months, according to the lottery ticket vendor who sold him the ticket. Another two people from Kavala won 500,000 euros each in the draw.