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Portuguese Maritime Police rescues 69 migrants in Greece

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Portuguese Maritime Police rescues 69 migrants in Greece

The Portuguese Maritime Police team on mission in Greece rescued at dawn dawn on Saturday 69 migrants who were aboard two boats heading for the island of Lesbos, the National Maritime Authority (AMN) announced.

In a statement, AMN indicates that the first situation occurred around 6 am on Saturday, when a boat of 36 migrants was detected, including 18 children, eight women and ten men, in the Cape Karokas area of ​​the Aegean Sea.

"The elements immediately went to the boat and, after evaluation, decided that the boat had safe conditions to sail, and the Maritime Police followed up to Leptimos beach, where the migrants landed safely and were handed over. to the Greek authorities, "reads the same note.

The second relief action took place at 6.30 am when the Maritime Police Coastal Surveillance Vehicle team detected a boat with 33 migrants on board, including 19 children, six women and eight men.

"Upon detection, the coordinates were passed to the team on board the" ARADE "vessel, which immediately moved to the site," reports AMN.

After an assessment by members of the Maritime Police, it was decided that the boat was safe to sail, and a follow-up was made to an area east of the port of Skala Skamineas, where the migrants landed.

"At the site were already the Greek authorities, who received and accompanied the migrants," explains the National Maritime Authority.

Since 2014, when it began participating in the POSEIDON mission in Greece, the Maritime Police have rescued 6,201 migrants.

The Maritime Police are part of the POSEIDON operation, under the auspices of the European agency FRONTEX and in support of the Greek Coast Guard, with the aim of controlling and monitoring the European Union's Greek and external maritime borders in the fight against cross-border crime. European coastguard duties.

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