Migrant Boat Loses Steering

Photo credit: Al Jazeera

Greek authorities have said a boat crammed with migrants was towed to port after losing its steering. The dilapidated fishing boat was carrying some 483 people who had sailed from Libya.

Toronto Star reports that the boat lost steering in rough seas south of Crete.

Those on board were Syrians, Egyptians, Pakistanis, Palestinians and Sudanese, according to the coast guard. They included 336 men, 10 women, 128 boys and 9 girls.

They were transferred to a ferry docked in Southern Crete for temporary housing.

The migrants were packed into a 25-meter fishing boat. The boat was heading to Italy from Libya. When the boat ran into trouble, passengers on board made a distress call.

A rescue operation was mounted. It involved a Greek frigate, two coast guards vessels, five merchant ships and two Italian-flagged fishing boats.

But the rough weather conditions added to the strong winds and rough seas, did not allow passengers from being transferred to the other vessels. The boat was eventually towed to a port in southeastern Crete.

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