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Forty-six children among those rescued from refugee boat (Update 3)

Two of the 46 children who were rescued from the boat (CNA)


A boat with 92 refugees – 46 of them children – landed on Wednesday afternoon near Pomos in the Paphos district, the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) announced.

A search and rescue operation was launched at around 2pm, the JRCC said, after it was alerted that a small fishing boat carrying a large number of people was spotted off Polis Chrysochous in Paphos and that it was in danger due to the rough sea.

A marine police vessel set out to locate the boat, which finally landed safely at around 3pm, in Nea Dhimmata, an area near Pomos.

On board the ship were 92 people – 28 men, 18 women and 46 children.

Search and rescue coordinators said the occupants were on board a small fishing boat when they were thrown off course towards Cyprus’ north-western coast and subsequently struck rocks.

“There were rough sea conditions at the time,” a spokesman for the JRCC said.

Following their arrival, government officials registered the refugees’ identification papers and they were then taken to the Polis Chrysochous hospital for medical checks.

State broadcaster CyBC reported that the community of Pomos had arranged a meal for the refugees right after their arrival.

The Paphos police spokesman Michalis Ioannou said that they will also be questioned to find out whether their smugglers are among them, and their port of departure. It was not immediately clear whether any of the children were unaccompanied.

The refugees are expected to be taken to the reception centre in Kokkinotrimithia, in Nicosia.





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