Ninety-four Egyptian nationals attempting to emigrate to Italy without documentation were rescued from drowning off the coast of the Greek island of Crete.
Coastal authorities in Crete had received distress calls from a local fishing boat before contacting the Egyptian Company for Navigation, the operator of an Egyptian ship–the "Thutmose"–which was located near the fishing boat.
On Friday, the boat was found in bad condition with 94 Egyptians on board who were subsequently shipped back to the Egyptian port of Alexandria.
Alexandria and its surrounding coastline have increasingly become the site of departure for irregular migrants en route to Europe.
Translated from the Arabic Edition.