Nearly 170 boat people trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea were rescued near the Peloponnese Peninsula in Greece. Due to an engine failure, their ship ran into trouble about 90 kilometers south of the Peloponnese.
When the passengers were picked up by a passing freighter, the ship had been drifting for several hours. Under the guidance of the Coast Guard, the immigrants were taken to Kalamata in southern Greece.
In recent months, immigrants have received more frequently from the peninsula. According to the Greek Coast Guard, these goods are often transported by smugglers on old ships that cannot withstand sea crossings.
Last week, an NGO filed another lawsuit against Greece in the European Court of Human Rights, demanding that Greece repatriate immigrants at sea. Allegedly, in October last year, a Greek lifeboat and two small patrol boats stopped the migrant boat that had been in trouble for several hours, thus violating the law. The people on the ship were later attacked by the Coast Guard.