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Eight people rescued from sinking boat off Ayia Napa

Police said on Sunday they had rescued eight people – four adults and four children – from a sinking vessel off the coast of Ayia Napa.

At around 1.45pm they said they received a distress call from an unidentified vessel sailing in a area off the harbour.

“The vessel which had eight persons aboard, four adults and four children, was taking on water and sinking,” an announcement said. They did not say how far off the coast the boat was.

Police launched their vessel Astrapi 32, which the said drew next to the ailing boat and took on board the children and two of the adults. The remaining two adults remained on board the stricken vessel and with the help of another private yacht, towed it to the harbour they said.

“All passengers survived landed safely ashore,” the police said.

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