Greek coastguard: More than 300 migrants rescued over last nine days

More than 300 migrants have been rescued from the Aegean Sea over the past nine days, the Greek Coastguard announced on Wednesday, when 59 people alone were saved near the island of Kos.

In addition to Wednesday morning's rescues, the coastguard said it had pulled 266 people to safety from the waters of the Aegean Sea since August 8. Two suspected smugglers had also been arrested and four boats confiscated, the coastguard added.

In most rescue cases, the boats carrying the refugees had threatened to capsize, though occasionally the people had already fallen in the water when the coastguard pulled them to safety.

The staff responsible for the migration situation in Athens said that 147 people had been ferried from Turkey to the Greek islands in the east Aegean over the past 24 hours.

Last update: Wed, 17/08/2016 - 12:24

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