Bucharest, Sept 19 /Agerpres/ - The border policemen on the MAI 1104 patrol ship of the Coast Guard, while on a FRONTEX mission within the "EPN POSEIDON SEA" Joint Maritime Operation in the Aegean Sea have rescued 117 persons, of whom 56 children and 23 women, that were on board of two boats risking to sink, a release of the Border Police General Inspectorate (IGPF) informs.
According to the quoted source, last week, the crew of the MAI 1104 ship identified, during specific patrolling missions, a small, motorized, inflatable boat, overcrowded, that was heading towards Greece's territorial waters.
After assessing the situation, the Romanian border policemen have started the rescue operations. A number of 70 people, 34 children, 14 women and 22 men coming from Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan were transported aboard of the Coast Guard ship.
The border policemen have offered to those rescued assistance, food and water, and several hours later the people were safely landed in Chios Port and handed over to the Greek authorities in order to conduct the specific procedures (medical assistance, identification, registration and fingerprinting).
On Monday, the crew of MAI 1104 ship identified another inflatable boat carrying 47 people (22 children, nine women and 16 men), that were transported safely to the port of the Chios Island and handed over to the Greek authorities.
Ever since the beginning of the year, the Romanian border policemen, individually and cooperating with crews of the other ships belonging to the European Union's Member States deployed by the FRONTEX Agency to Greece within the "EPN POSEIDON SEA" Joint Operation have rescued over 1,000 persons who were in danger of drowning, aboard some small, overcrowded boats in the Greek territorial waters. AGERPRES (RO - author: Mihaela Tudorache, editor: Claudia Stanescu; EN - author: Rodica Ionita, editor: Adina Panaitescu)