56 refugees rescued by Norwegian rescue vessel

56 refugees rescued by Norwegian rescue vessel56 refugees rescued by Norwegian rescue vessel.Photo: KRIPOS / NTB scanpix

The Norwegian rescue vessel Peter Henry von Koss continues to rescue refugees in the Aegean Sea. On Thursday morning 56 refugees become on board.

– 56 people were rescued in lifeboat at Lesvos in morning. NCIS was mentioning on their Twitter about another overloaded dinghy from Turkey with several babies.

Also last weekend the crew of Peter Henry von Koss has been involved to the various rescue missions in the area. Altogether 133 people were then rescued aboard rescue boat and many of them were children.

During the same weekend a rubber boat has been wrecked by the Norwegian ship Siem Pilot, which is also involved as part of the international rescue operation in the Mediterranean, and took many people from the water and fortunately they all survived together.

On July 18th the EU border control agency Frontex announced that around 59,000 people have been rescued in operations in Greece and Italy so far this year while Italian authorities reported that 69,500 refugees and migrants arrived in the country in the first half.

There has been a sharp decline in the number of refugees who take the road of the Aegean Sea from Turkey to Greece. The decline is primarily due to the agreement the EU has signed with Turkey to return those who come by sea as well as Macedonia’s closure of the border with Greece.


Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today