Arabic AR Chinese (Simplified) ZH-CN English EN French FR German DE Japanese JA Portuguese PT Russian RU Spanish ES Ukrainian UK

Romanian coast guards rescues 157 migrants from Black Sea

Latest news

    Romania’s coast guard on Wednesday rescued more than 150 migrants from Iraq and Iran, including 56 children, from a ship in distress on the Black Sea, on what is becoming a favored route for migrants trying to reach Western Europe.

    The rusty ship was towed to the Black Sea port of Constanta, some 250 kilometers (150 miles) east of Bucharest, before dawn.

    Revising its initial count, the coast guard said it found 157 migrants from Iran and Iraq who had “intended to illegally enter our country.” Some migrants received medical treatment.

    Authorities initially spotted the ship outside Romanian territorial waters early Tuesday. It sent a distress signal and two coast guard boats were dispatched, but high waves and winds hampered rescue efforts before the ship was eventually towed to port.

    Fabian Badila, a border police spokesman, said the migrants would be taken into custody and then moved to government-run migration centers in Romania.

    He said the border police had an efficient surveillance system which could detect vessels trying to illegally enter Romanian territorial waters.

    Migrants are increasingly using the Black Sea route from Turkey to reach Romania. Last weekend, coast guard forces from Romania and Bulgaria intercepted 217 migrants in the Black Sea in two boats who were suspected of trying to illegally enter Romania.

    Any new influx of migrants through the Black Sea could further exacerbate political strains within the European Union over the issue.

    Krzysztof Borowski, a spokesman for the European Union’s border agency, Frontex, told The Associated Press that smugglers are attempting to “revive the route,” which as recently as 2014 had been used by some 430 migrants. Since then the numbers have fallen as other routes via Turkey into Greece became popular. In 2015, 68 migrants used the Black Sea route, and in 2016 only one, Borowski added.

    Metin Corabatir, who heads the Ankara-based Research Center on Asylum and Migration, said he believed the Black Sea was unlikely to become a major route because the sea is too rough and the period for safe crossings is very short. There are also allegations that Bulgarian, and also Romanian authorities have mistreated migrants, with reports of beatings and forced expatriations.

    Romanian border police told The Associated Press illegal migration has increased this year with 4,200 cases of Afghan, Iraqi, Syrian, Pakistani and Iranian citizens trying to enter or leave Romania. That’s up sharply from 2016 when there were 1,624 attempts.

    ———

    View the original article: http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/romania-coast-guards-rescues-153-migrants-black-sea-49812357

    Alison Mutler in Bucharest, Romania and Suzan Fraser in Ankara, Turkey contributed to this report.

    In the same category are

    Ohio businessman, deported after 38 years in US, vows return Amer Othman's life turned upside down in an instant.The Ohio entrepreneur, who came to the United States 38 years ago and won praise for helping reviv...
    Danish royals attend private funeral for Prince Henrik Danish royals and officials on Tuesday attended a private funeral for Denmark's late Prince Henrik, husband of Queen Margrethe, at a Copenhagen chapel...
    Ex-workers at Russian ‘troll factory’ trust US indictment While Russian officials scoff at a U.S. indictment charging 13 Russians with meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, several people who worke...
    KFC closes across the UK due to a shortage of chicken KFC has temporarily closed hundreds of locations in the UK and Ireland on Monday night after its shops ran out of chicken following delivery problems....
    Lindsey Vonn settles for bronze in likely last Olympic downhill race Veteran skier Lindsey Vonn was the favorite in women's downhill coming into the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. She'd won the last three World Cup e...
    Man who says he was a Russian ‘troll’ arrested after going public Russian police have reportedly arrested a man who has claimed to be a worker at a so-called troll factory in St. Petersburg, Russia, hours after he ga...

    Leave a comment

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *