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Iceland Coast Guard Saves Refugees in Mediterranean

The crew of the Icelandic Coast Guard cruiser Aegir rescued 64 refugees from an overcrowded boat which was about to sink midway between Morocco and Spain yesterday. There were children among the refugees.

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The Icelandic Coast Guard. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

According to information from the Coast Guard, air leaked very quickly from the inflatable boat, which is believed to have torn. Some of the men fell into the ocean and appeared to be unable to swim, Morgunbladid reports.

The Coast Guard’s employees tossed life vests to the people and lowered a dinghy into the ocean, along with two lifeboats. The rescue mission was swift and the people were brought to shore by the Spanish Coast Guard.

The crew of Aegir is currently working in the Mediterranean on behalf of Frontex, the European Union agency for external border security.

In other news on the Icelandic Coast Guard, its new cruiser Thór will be presented at a ceremony in Chile today, where it has been under construction since October 2007; the construction was delayed by one year due to the earthquake last year.

Thór is scheduled to set sail on Tuesday, pass through the Panama canal and visit the American and Canadian coast guards on its way to Iceland, where it is scheduled to arrive on October 26.

Click here to read more about the earthquake in Chile damaging the shipbuilding station and here to see pictures from the rescue in the Mediterranean.

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