The Greek Coast Guard rescued 21 migrants near the island of Rhodes, who sent a call for help from a rubber boat.
The search and rescue operation took place in the sea area in the northeast of Rhodes. The migrants were in an inflatable boat, one of them called the European number 112 with a call for rescue, the coast guard said. After that, the search for a boat began immediately, which was hampered by difficult weather conditions – the strength of the northwest wind reached six points on the Beaufort scale in that area.
After the discovery of the ship, all the migrants were taken aboard the coast guard boat and taken to the port of the island of Rhodes, writes RIA News.
Most illegal immigrants arrive in Greece from Turkey by sea. Athens accuses Ankara of using migrants as a tool in politics, while Turkey and human rights organizations in response point to Greece’s violation of international humanitarian law and the use of force against refugees.