Mayan Queen IV Rescues Over 100 Migrants


Greek news broadcaster ERT said that the fishing boat was traveling to Italy from the Libyan town of Tobruk, when the engine stopped and it began veering from side to side.

Support rescue operator Alarm Phone reported they had received alerts from people onboard a ship in distress off Greece late on Tuesday. They alerted the Greek authorities of the incident and also that those onboard had said that the captain had fled on a small boat.

Nikos Alexiou, a coast guard spokesperson told broadcaster Skai TV; “It was a fishing boat packed with people who refused our assistance because they wanted to go to Italy. We stayed beside it in case it needed our assistance but they had refused.” The superyacht Mayan Queen IV also assisted in the rescue of the migrants.

Survivors were taken to the Greek port of Kalamata, near Pylos, to a warehouse shelter where they received medical assistance. They rested on mattresses and were provided with blankets and according to Reuters, the migration ministry was expected to move them to a camp outside Athens.

It is currently unclear how many people were onboard but the U.N.’s International Organization for Migration suggests that up to 400 people may have been onboard. However, a European rescue-support charity said it believed around 750 people may have been onboard. Local news reports from witnesses also say that the majority of those in the vessel’s hold were women and children.

According to government sources, the search operation was due to continue until at least Friday morning, but the chances of retrieving the sunken vessel were slim because the area in which it occurred in the Mediterranean is one of the deepest.