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Portuguese Maritime Police on mission in Greece rescues 115 migrants

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The Portuguese Maritime Police on a mission to the Greek island of Lesbos today rescued 115 migrants who were traveling in various boats in operations that took place at dawn.

The Maritime Police Coastal Surveillance vehicle detected a dinghy at 1:05 am, having passed the coordinates to the team on the “Tagus” vessel, which intercepted and accompanied it with 47 migrants on board, including 26 children, 11 women, and 10 men.

The migrants were received by the Maritime Police team ashore and handed over to the Greek authorities safely.

Later, at 2:47 am, the coastal car detected another dinghy with 40 migrants, nine children, four women, and 27 men, and the team at the Maritime Police made their interception.

“The migrants were transferred to the Tagus vessel and landed safely in the port of Skala Skamineas and were handed over to the Greek authorities,” the National Maritime Authority said in a statement.

At 4:50 am, the Portuguese Maritime Police was asked to support a group of 28 migrants who were in a landlocked area of ​​rocks and cliffs, in an operation that was supported by a non-governmental organization.

Already on Wednesday afternoon, the Maritime Police on mission in Greece also assisted in the arrival of a small boat with 47 migrants, 26 children, 10 women, and 11 men.

“Since 2014, when it began participating in the Poseidon mission, the Maritime Police have totaled 5,765 lives saved,” the document concludes.

The Maritime Police are part of Operation Poseidon, under the auspices of the European agency Frontex and in support of the Greek Coast Guard, with the aim of monitoring and monitoring the European Union’s Greek and external maritime borders in the fight against cross-border crime. European coastguard duties.

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