Maersk ship rescues 352 refugees at sea

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Maersk ship rescues 352 refugees at sea
A Maersk Line ship (not the one pictured) came to the rescue of 352 refugees, including 43 children. Photo: Kasper Palsnov/Scanpix

The Evelyn Maersk came to the assistance of a fishing boat filled with refugees that had taken on water off the coast of Crete.


The Danish-owned ship Evelyn Maersk rescued 352 refugees near the Greek island of Crete over the weekend, the maritime news source CO-Søfart reported on Monday. 
The refugees, who came from Syria and the Horn of Africa, were on a fishing boat that had taken on water.
A spokesperson for Maersk Line said that the Evelyn Maersk was contacted by authorities on Saturday night and asked to reroute toward the fishing vessel. The Evelyn Maersk reached the ship in just over two hours and was able to bring all 352 refugees, including 43 children, on board. 
The refugees are due to be transported to the Sicilian town of Trapani. 
In July, a Danish-owned Torm ship came to the assistance of Italian and Maltese authorities in saving roughly 300 refugees in the Mediterranean Sea



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