The migrants were picked up by Marella Cruises' 11-deck liner. Their boat was found in distress Saturday evening, July 20, around 40 nautical miles (74 kilometers) off Peloponnese peninsula, Greece. Of the 111 people rescued, 33 were children.
The CG did not reveal which countries the migrants came from or where their vessel departed. They were transported to Kalamata. Two of the operators of the migrant boat were arrested.
Several times per week, boatloads of people attempt to cross the Mediterranean Sea.
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