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Greek authorities mounted a sea-and-air search for six folks reported missing by a bunch of migrants discovered Thursday on the southeastern Aegean Sea island of Leros after crossing from the close by Turkish coast in an inflatable dinghy.
A separate operation was additionally underneath means off southwestern Greece after passing service provider ships picked up 85 migrants from a picket vessel in misery that appeared to have been heading for Italy.
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Greece’s coast guard mentioned 49 folks have been discovered on a seaside on Leros. It mentioned the migrants, who have been all in good well being, reported there had been 55 folks in whole on the flimsy vessel when it left Turkey.
Separately, the coast guard mentioned a service provider vessel and a drone have been looking out within the Mediterranean Sea 65 miles southwest of the Greek port of Pylos after the second incident involving a picket vessel carrying migrants.
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It mentioned the boat was positioned by a Portuguese-flagged freighter that picked up 82 folks, whereas one other three have been rescued by a passing Liberian-flagged tanker.
All 85 survivors have been taken to an anchorage off the southern port of Kalamata, from the place they have been being ferried to shore in smaller vessels.
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Greece is a significant vacation spot for folks from the Middle East, Africa and Asia who embark in unsafe boats from Turkey hoping to begin a greater life in Europe.
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After Greece boosted sea and air patrols within the Aegean Sea to attempt to cut back the inflow of migrants, smugglers crowded migrants into yachts heading for Italy.