Members of the Portuguese Maritime Police (PM) stationed at the Greek island of Lesbos rescued at the end of their night patrol, 45 Syrian refugees, 16 infants and children, 11 women, (two of them elderly) and 18 men. The vessel which contained the emigrants was drifting in Greek territorial waters with a lack of fuel. The sea was rough, the wind was strong and the air temperature was about 2 degrees Celsius.
All were transported to the nearest port, Molivos. The boat which was towed followed with the belongings of refugees to land. The Maritime Police will maintain its support for the Greek coastguard, part of the Frontex agency’s mission, until 30 September 2016. So far the team has rescued, safe and carried ashore, over 2000 migrants and refugees