Prize money to two fish­er­men

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Au­thor­i­ties on the eastern Aegean is­land of Lesvos have an­nounced that the money from the 2016 Olof Palme prize awarded to its mayor and his coun­ter­part in Lampe­dusa in Italy, will be used to help two heroic fish­er­men whose boats sank un­der the weight of last week’s heavy snow­fall. Fish­er­men Kostas Pin­teris and Thanas­sis Mar­mari­nos are known around the world for hav­ing saved hun­dreds of refugees and mi­grants from drown­ing in the Aegean. “The prize money be­longs to the cit­i­zens of Lesvos,” said Lesvos Mayor Spy­ros Gali­nos, who re­ceived the award on Wed­nes­day, adding that the hu­man­ity dis­played by the two men set an ex­am­ple to the en­tire world. The two fish­er­man, he said, could not make a liv­ing af­ter their boats sank. He added that the dam­ages will be as­sessed once ac­cess to the har­bor, which was snowed in, is re­stored. The Olof Palme prize was awarded to the Greek and Ital­ian may­ors for their ef­forts in help­ing thou­sands of refugees and mi­grants land­ing on their shores.

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