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Migrants rescued off Kef
« on: Sunday, 21 October, 2018 @ 13:12:33 »
Sailing boat carrying 70 migrants and refugees intercepted near Kefalonia

A sailing boat transporting 70 irregular migrants and refugees was intercepted in waters southwest of the Ionian island of Kefalonia on Saturday.

The craft was found in a search launched by the Greek coast guard, assisted by a Frontex plane, in response to a distress call made by one of the sailing boat's occupants using a mobile phone. The caller reported that the yacht was sailing adrift after presenting engine problems, without being able to give a precise location.

The migrants and refugees on board were transferred to two coast guard boats but it is not yet clear where they will be taken.

Vessel towed into Argostoli under escort, seventy one adult males and eight juvenile males on board, all unharmed by events. Two foreign nationals arrested for people smuggling.