A rescue operation was underway Wednesday morning for dozens of migrants aboard a yacht reportedly in trouble off Greece’s southwest coast, authorities said.
The coast guard said the yacht, believed to be carrying about 90 people, was spotted about 46 miles west of the small town of Pylos.
Six of those on board were picked up by another yacht sailing in the area and taken to Pylos, where a woman was taken to a hospital in Kalamata.
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Another 25 people were picked up by a passing tanker and taken to Kalamata, while the rest of the passengers were taken to another passing cargo ship, the port said.
A Coast Guard lifeboat was on the scene and another Coast Guard vessel was on the way. There were no reports of missing passengers.
The area is near where a deadly migrant shipwreck in June left hundreds dead and missing and led to allegations that Greek authorities failed to respond adequately to rescue passengers.
The overcrowded trawler had set sail from Libya with around 500-700 people on board. Only 104 people survived, while 82 bodies were recovered. The rest were trawled into one of the deepest parts of the Mediterranean.
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Last week, 40 of the survivors filed a lawsuit in Greece against “all those responsible,” saying Greek authorities failed to intervene to save the passengers before the ship capsized.
Many of the survivors dispute the official account that repeated offers of help from the Coast Guard were rejected and claim there was an unsuccessful attempt to tow the boat to safety shortly before it capsized and sank.
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Greece lies along a route used by smugglers to bring people fleeing conflict and poverty in the Middle East, Africa and Asia to the European Union.
Many use small boats to head from Turkey to Greek islands off the Turkish coast, while others use larger sailing vessels, yachts or fishing boats in an attempt to make the longest passage from Turkey or northern Africa to Italy, bypassing Greece .