Greece - Israeli Yachters Rescue 11 Drowning Syrian And Iraqi Refugees Off Greek Shore
Greece - A group of Israelis yachting off the Greek island of Kastellorizo rescued 11 drowning Syrian and Iraqi refugees on Sunday, and returned them safely to shore, but not before the appreciative victims kissed and hugged the Israelis in thanks for their heroic efforts.
YNETNEWS.com (http://bit.ly/1kgy0qp) reports that 12 people in all were rescued, including four children, but a six-month-old infant had apparently drowned in its floating mother’s arms during the night.
According to the Israeli ship’s captain, Shlomo Asban, the group first heard the pleas for help from a teenage boy seemingly floating alone in the water, but once they pulled him aboard he told them he was Syrian and began pointing out to the open sea while speaking in Arabic.
Asban said the group was able to spot the others through the use of binoculars, still clinging to a sunken rubber boat.
Israeli rescuer Gal Baruch said, “In the group there was also a person who suffered a heart attack and diabetic shock. We gave him sweets to eat and we saved his life.”
Asban said that after an hours’ time and having administered first aid to the refugees, they were safely turned over to Greek authorities.
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