Fishing boat with 91 immigrants runs aground in Cyprus’ northwestern shore

A small fishing boat carrying 91 immigrants ran aground near Pomos village on Wednesday and all passengers are being transferred for ID checks to the nearby Police Station in Polis Chrysochous, on Cyprus northwestern shore.

According to an announcement by the Ministry of Defence, no rescue operation was required. There were 29 men, 20 women and 42 children on the boat.

The Joint Rescue Coordination Center (JRCC) in Larnaca was alerted at around 14.00 local time (11.00 GMT) about a small fishing boat sailing from the east as being in danger due to rough seas, while carrying a large number of passengers on it.

JRCC activated the national search and rescue plan “Nearchos”, dispatching a Port & Marine Police vessel in the area.

The fishing boat ran aground at Nea Dimmata beach, off Pomos village. Police Headquarters took over operations, informing all other relevant authorities for the actions requires, in accordance with the Ministry of Interiors “Nafkratis” national plan.

Source: Cyprus News Agency