A boat carrying migrants sank 13 nautical miles southwest of Paxi island as it was taking on water with twelve people dead.
President of the Republic Prokopios Pavlopoulos on Friday unveiled a Coast Guard Memorial in honour of fallen coast guard officers, noting that it served as an opportunity, in his capacity as president, to honour and offer the coast guard the respect it was due.
The coast guard on Friday, following a pursuit, arrested a 37-year old foreign national driving a speedboat that had earlier let off seven irregular migrants on a beach (five men and two women) on the island of Kos.
Greece is considering seeking compensation from Turkey for the minor damages caused to the Coast Guard vessel after it was rammed by a Turkish patrol boat near the islets of Imia at around midnight on Monday.
The Lesvos coast guard patrol boat “PATH 80 – Agios Efstratios” on Tuesday rescued 413 migrants and refugees found floating adrift in the sea between the island and the Turkish coast – breaking the record for the number brought to safety in a single rescue operation.
The Greek Coast Guard said on Thursday that a whopping 804,465 people have entered Greece from the beginning of the year until Dec. 21, showing the massive scale of the challenge facing the country.