87 Migrants in Inflatable Dinghies Intercepted by Frontex



On Friday, the Frontex EU border agency reported that they intercepted 87 migrants off the shores of the Greek island of Lesvos.

Reports say that there were two separate rescue operations.

The first operation occurred earlier this morning when a Frontex vessel rescued 45 migrants in an inflatable dinghy near Lesvos. They also arrested the 23-year-old skipper of the dinghy.

The latest operation took place as the Frontex vessel was patrolling the seas around Lesvos when they discovered another inflatable dinghy with 42 migrants on board. They arrested the 25-year-old skipper.

The refugee crisis has taken a heavy toll on the Aegean island of Lesvos, which has seen a sharp decline in tourist arrivals, one of the main sources of income for its economy.

The hotspot is hosting migrants well over its capacity.