Rescue Operation Launched for Migrant Boat in Distress South of Peloponnese



The operation is being conducted by Greece’s Coast Guard and Frontex, the European Border Proectection and Coast Guard Agency. Credit: Frontex

The Greek Coast Guard and the European Border and Coast Guard Agency Frontex launched a rescue operation on Monday afternoon to locate a boat carrying roughly 80 migrants and refugees in waters to the south of the Peloponnese.

The boat is believed to be in waters east of the Greek island of Antikythera.

A person who claimed that he was aboard the boat called 112, the European emergency number, saying that the boat was experiencing difficulties and might sink.

A Greek Coast Guard offshore patrol ship and four other vessels are participating in the search at the present time. A Frontex aircraft is also heading toward the area.

Northeasterly winds of approximately 5 Beaufort are currently predominating in the area.

The area believed to be the location of the migrant boat, off Antikythera.

With information from AMNA