Romanian ship rescues 95 Syrian immigrants adrift fishing boat in Italy’s waters

The Romanian border police aboard the ‘Stefan cel Mare’ ship that was on a mission in Italy as part of the AENEAS 2013 Common Maritime Operation rescued 95 Syrian immigrants, who were sailing on a small fishing boat, overcrowded and adrift Thursday night, the Romanian Border Police’s General Inspector’s Office announced in a release on Friday, quoted by Agerpres. ‘The Romanian border policemen, following an assessment of the situation, decided that the immigrants be brought on board. Thus, all 95 immigrants were transferred aboard the ‘Stefan cel Mare’ ship, where the Romanian Border Police staff granted them assistance and first aid. The immigrants – 42 men, 16 women and 37 children (the youngest is only 28 days’ old) – declared they were Syrian and planned to reach Schengen Area. They also said they had been at sea for 15 days since leaving Syria till they were found by the Romanian border policemen’, the release explained. AENEAS 2013 Operation is chiefly aimed at combating the illegal immigration on the European Union’s external sea borders.

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