Greece’s coast guard on Monday rescued a boat carrying more than 30 migrants off the coast of the island of Samos in the eastern Aegean.
The coast guard was alerted that the boat was in danger of sinking by somebody onboard who made a call to the European Union-wide emergency number 112.
Vessels from the European border agency, FRONTEX, and a Greek coast guard helicopter took part the search-and-rescue operation.
The boat was eventually rescued and it was towed to the port of Karlovassi in Samos.
According to government figures, nearly 2,000 migrants reached the islands of the eastern Aegean in March.
Of the 1,968 migrants who crossed in smuggling boats from neighboring Turkey in March, 1,369 landed on Lesvos, 541 on Samos and 58 on Chios.
The arrivals were significantly higher than the 1,504 migrants who reached in the islands in January and the 997 in February.