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45 irregular migrants rescued off Cyprus coast

Migrants aboard one of the vessels

Police confirmed on Friday that an operation by the Joint Rescue centre picked up 45 irregular migrants on two boats in the Famagusta region on Thursday evening.

The migrants were transported safely to the Ayia Napa marina after being found off Cyprus’ southeastern coast in the Cape Greco area.

According to police, 18 people were found on one boat which was located 13 nautical miles southeast of Cape Greco.

A further 27 people were rescued 27 nautical miles southeast of Cape Greco after the boat on which they were initially travelling “found itself in danger”.

Two people, aged 20 and 18, who are believed to be the drivers of the boats, were arrested and are set to appear in court on Friday.

The remaining 43, including 11 children, were taken to the Pournara reception centre.

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