Greek Coast Guard’s Heroic Efforts Save 1400 Over the Weekend


An official news release from the Greek Coast Guard said official numbers of individuals rescued from the sea exceeded 1,400 people. These were people whose boats either capsized or were stranded at sea following calls for distress.

While 1400 were saved off the coats of Lesvos, Samos, Farmakonissi, Kalymnos, Kalolymnos, Symi and Rhodes between Friday morning and Monday morning, dozens lost their lives.

In what was one of the deadliest weekends in Greek waters since the start of the refugee crisis, official numbers place the death toll at 70, many of them infants and children.

Thousands reached the islands safely, further stretching local authorities, volunteer and humanitarian aid groups working around the clock to offer support to arriving refugees.


Syrian aboard a boat after being rescued by the Greek Coast Guard, in the port of Mytilini, Lesvos island. EFE / Stratis Balaskas



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  2. Vasilios menegos on

    Even with Greece facing economic distress, we continue to show the world what Greeks and Greece is all about!!
    We open our country, our homes and our churches and our hearts, and give you what little we may have because we are Greeks..
    Were is Europe? Where are the helping hands of the rest of the European allies? Or is it not their problem?
    I would much rather give my last €1 to a Refugee then pay a loan to Germany!!!

    I care cause I am GREEK….

  3. Leonardo Razatos on

    I was very happy to see this report. I had been dismayed by something I had seen before. I was wondering if anyone else has seen the report by Human Rights Watch?
    I would like to know what you think.

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