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Tags: EU | Greece | Migrants

Migrant Boat with 45 People Spotted South of Crete, Greece

Migrant Boat with 45 People Spotted South of Crete, Greece

Monday, 07 May 2018 12:38 PM

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Greece's coast guard has located a wooden fishing boat with dozens of migrants on board who have sent out a distress call while sailing south of the island of Crete.

Three coast guard vessels and an aircraft from the European border patrol agency Frontex were sent to search for the vessel. The roughly 20-meter (66-foot) boat, carrying about 45 people, was spotted by passing ships 16 miles (25 kilometers) south of Crete.

The coast guard said the boat did not appear to be in any danger and the weather was mild.

Thousands of migrants and refugees have continued to make their way to Greece, Italy and Spain in an effort to enter the European Union.

For Greece, most of the migrants come in small inflatable rafts from the Turkish coast to nearby Greek islands in the Aegean Sea or across a river that runs along the two nations' border.

This influx has led to severe overcrowding in many Greek refugee camps, particularly on the islands but also in northern Greece.

Overnight Sunday to Monday, six people were injured and four others were arrested during a fight in a refugee camp near the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki.

Police said Monday the three-hour fight in the Lagadikia refugee camp involved about 250 people and apparently broke out after Syrians said Algerians had harassed Syrian women. The fight quickly spread, with those involved using knives and planks of wood.

Due to the increase in the number of people arriving across the Evros River on the Greek-Turkish border, Lagadikia now houses 250 people more than its 360-person capacity. The new arrivals are being housed in offices and other areas, and sleep on the floor.

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Greece's coast guard has located a wooden fishing boat with dozens of migrants on board who have sent out a distress call while sailing south of the island of Crete.Three coast guard vessels and an aircraft from the European border patrol agency Frontex were sent to search...
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