Athens, December 9, 2014 / Independent Balkan News Agency
By Spiros Sideris
Successfully was completed yesterday afternoon the big operation of the men of the Special Unit for Dealing with Disasters (EMAK), in the area of Lavara, for the removal of illegal migrants from the embankment on the River Evros, where they had been abandoned at noon yesterday by a Turkish smuggler.
The men of EMAK, with the assistance of the port authority and the contribution of Civil Protection, transported a total of 30 illegal migrants using two boats, 26 of who were Pakistan and four from Bangladesh.
Despite the obvious signs of fatigue, discomfort and the adverse weather conditions in the border region of Evros, all rescued illegal immigrants are in good health.
As stated to IBNA the deputy-prefect of Evros, Dimitris Petrovic, so far it is not known how they were found in this section of the river, but he believes that the most likely scenario is that they were trapped due to the flooding.
Heavy rains in recent days have caused major destruction in the Evros region, while since last Wednesday afternoon a Greek policeman who had gone fishing in Evros river has gone missing.