ATHENS, GREECE (AP) – Greek authorities said on Sunday they have rescued 108 migrants from a sailboat that was found rudderless and leaking water in the Aegean Sea in near gale force winds.
The rescued migrants – 63 men, 24 women and 21 children – have told authorities there four other people are missing.
Reports of a sailboat adrift off the uninhabited island of Delos reached the coast guard late on Saturday. It dispatched three rescue vessels and a tugboat. Early on Sunday, rescuers managed to tow the sailboat to an islet off the nearby island of Mykonos, authorities said.
The migrants were safely transported to Mykonos.
They told authorities that their boat had sailed from Turkey to an unknown destination.
None of the migrants on board were wearing a life vest, nor was there any life-saving equipment on board, authorities said.
“Once again, the coast guard saved lives that the ruthless trafficking networks have exposed to mortal danger without even the barest protection measures,” Shipping and Island Policy Minister Ioannis Plakiotakis said.
Late Sunday afternoon, a sailboat with 56 migrants – 28 men, 16 women and 12 women – ran aground at an inlet on the island of Rhodes, authorities said. The migrants, who are all well, made it to the shore on their own.