Aegean Migration Spikes; 116 People Rescued on Tuesday Morning Alone



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The Greek Coast Guard intervened in three separate incidents involving migrants and refugees in the Aegean Sea in the early hours of Tuesday, rescuing a total of 116 individuals.

In the first case, a Coast Guard patrol vessel located a dinghy with 27 migrants on board, two nautical miles southwest of the port of Alexandroupolis, in the northern Aegean Sea.

The Coast Guard officers rescued the foreign nationals and transported them to the city of Alexandroupolis.

The second incident was reported in the sea region southeast of the island of Farmakonissi in the Eastern Aegean Sea.

Another Coast Guard vessel located and rescued 42 migrants and refugees who were on a dinghy, struggling against the high waves.

All these refugees and migrants were safely transferred to the port of Farmakonissi.

The third incident occurred in the sea region off Cape Prasso, on the island of Samos.

This time, a third Coast Guard patrol vessel located and rescued 47 migrants and refugees.

The foreign nationals were transferred to the port of Vathy on Samos and are expected to  be sent to organized migrant facilities.

Athens is on high alert, as it sees an ongoing crisis developing before her eyes, at a time when Turkey continues to utilize the issue for its own political reasons.