More than 200 Migrants Rescued off Crete and Lesvos

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On Monday, 103 migrants on board a 25-meter wooden boat were rescued by a passing tanker east of the Greek island of Crete.

The ‘Rhino’ tanker rescued the migrants after it was alerted by the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, FRONTEX.

Earlier, one of the cabin crew members had called for help via the European 112 emergency call number.

A Frontex aircraft flew over the area and located the stricken boat.

The people are being transferred to the port of Heraklion in Crete.

On Monday, the coast guard announced it rescued another 107 refugees or migrants on small boats, in two incidents off the eastern island of Lesvos.

According to the United Nations, 15,230 refugees or migrants have reached Greece by sea this year – a fraction of the arrivals in 2015.

Flows have been slashed by last year’s Balkan border closures and deal between the European Union and Turkey on restricting illegal migration.