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Some 750 migrants rescued by Greek frigate

Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 01:08

A Greek frigate has towed a disabled cargo ship packed with some 750 migrants to safety just off the island of Crete. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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Coastguard officials say some 750 migrants are safe, after their disabled cargo ship was towed ashore by a Greek frigate. Doctors have examined the mostly Syrian and Afghan migrants and say they're in good health. Greece's defense ministry released this video of the stranded ship in rough Mediterranean seas just off the coast of Crete. The coastguard says rescuers spent more than 24 hours fighting strong winds and waves. And they're calling it one of Greece's biggest sea rescues ever. But with heightened Ebola fears, the Red Cross says this rescue is unique: (SOUNDBITE)(Greek) PRESIDENT OF THE RED CROSS SOCIETY IN IERAPETRA, ANDREAS MAMANTOPOULOS, SAYING: "What makes this operation different from others is the large number, and the dangers of any viruses and the public's fears of any viruses." The migrants are not considered a health threat to the Greek public... but officials say the migrants will most likely be taken to a soccer stadium that has been prepared as a shelter.

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Some 750 migrants rescued by Greek frigate

Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 01:08