A Hellenic Navy vessel and aircraft have been patrolling the shores of Gavdos, south of Crete, after locating a large number of migrants on Thursday morning.
The local municipal authorities is trying to collect and document them, with early reports indicating that there are over 100 migrants on the island.It has not yet been determined how the migrants ended up on Gavdos, however it has been suggested that they were dropped off by a large Egyptian fishing boat.
According to the Ministry of Shipping’s Search and Rescue Center, the Coast Guard has dispatched a vessel from Chania to retrieve the migrants.
Attention was brought to the island of Gavdos after one of the migrants called the 112 emergency telephone number and reported that about 200 people onboard a vessel south of Crete were in danger. The Navy pilot reported that he noticed over 100 people.