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a cargo ship with nearly 400 migrants drops anchor off the island of Kos – RT in english
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The Greek Coast Guard announced that a Turkish-flagged cargo ship anchored on October 30 off the island of Kos in the Aegean Sea. The vessel had issued a distress signal the day before before being rescued.

A Turkish-flagged freighter rescued the day before with some 400 migrants on board anchored off the island of Kos in the Aegean Sea, the Greek coast guard said.

The vessel, which had an engine problem, had departed from the Turkish coast, and was drifting off the island of Karpathos towards Crete when it issued a distress signal.

The Greek government has contacted the European Commission as well as the Turkish authorities to take charge of the boat, according to the Greek press agency Athens News.

Turkey once again failed to fulfill its duty to the European Union

“Turkey, once again, has failed to fulfill its duties to the European Union. She will not accept the return of the boat flying the Turkish flag and which left a Turkish port obviously in the sight and knowledge of the Turkish coast guard, and she continues to ignore human life “, commented on Saturday the Minister of Merchant Navy Ioannis Plakiotakis.

The Greek port police had indicated the day before that the 400 passengers were safe and sound. According to the Greek Coast Guard, their intervention for this boat constitutes one of the largest rescue operations ever carried out in this area of ​​the eastern Mediterranean.

On October 27, four migrants drowned in the sinking of their boat off the Greek island of Chios in the Aegean Sea, which also left between one and four people missing.

According to the High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), more than 2,500 people crossed the Aegean Sea this year from neighboring Turkey, compared to 9,700 in 2020, a year for which the UNHCR recorded more than 100 dead or missing.

For 2021, the UNHCR had identified until this last accident three shipwrecks in the Aegean Sea between January and March having killed six people, including one in Greek territorial waters off the island of Lesbos.

For its part, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) reported three other shipwrecks between April and September in the same area which killed 13 people, including eight off Crete.

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