Migrants rescued from half-sunk boat off Cape Greco

A group of migrants, mostly women and children, were rescued off Cape Greco on Tuesday.

Authorities rescued 26 people including 13 children who were aboard a small boat off the Famagusta coast east of Cape Greco. The vessel, which had sent a distress call, was spotted six nautical miles east of Cape Greco near Protaras. A National Guard helicopter and patrol boats joined marine police in the rescue operation. Those first to arrive at the scene found a half-sunk boat and one person in the water.

No further survivors were found in the area, after a German navy vessel carried out a search in the middle of rough seas and strong winds. The rescued migrants were transferred to hospitals in Famagusta and Larnaca. One of the children is said to be in a serious condition suffering from dehydration and hypothermia.

Reports say that the boat had left Lebanon last Friday. Three of the passengers, including the boat’s skipper, were arrested by police in connection with people smuggling.

Passengers said the leader of the operation was with them initially but left them half way into the sea crossing, using an inflatable boat.

Cyprus Mail, in-cyprus

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