Greece’s Coast Guard was alerted at dawn on Thursday when it was informed of missing migrants in the sea area off Samiopoula of the island of Samos in the eastern Aegean Sea.
A Coast Guard vessel, a Frontex vessel and a Super Puma helicopter rushed in the area for the Search and Rescue operation that is still ongoing.
According to information so far, 18 migrants, among them four women, have been rescued and are being transported to Vathi, Samos.
According to local media samosvoice, four people who fell into the sea are missing
It is noted that southerly winds of intensity 2-3 Beaufort prevail in the area.
A day earlier, the Greek Coast Guard rescued a total of 17 migrants among them a pregnant woman, an infant and five children.
They had been abandoned by traffickers near an inaccessible promontory, Prassos, in northeast Samos.
Two migrants found in the area and the Turkish speed boat driver, 41, who is suspected of being a trafficker, were arrested by Samos police.
The migrants were transferred to controlled facility of the island.