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90 migrants rescued from sailboat in distress off Kythera

Greek authorities on Sunday announced the rescue of 90 refugees and migrants, among them 18 women and 37 children, on board a sailboat in distress off the island of Kythera, off south Peloponnese.

Responders to a call to the European emergency number 112 on Saturday evening found the vessel southeast of Kythera.

The 35 men, 18 women, 27 boys and 10 girls on board the sailboat were transferred to a Coast Guard patrol boat and taken safely to Neapoli, Voies late on Saturday night.

They have come from various countries, including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Iraq and Egypt.

Αuthorities arrested two of the rescued foreign nationals after an investigation, for violating laws on migration.

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