The Greek coast guard and port police rescued dozens of migrants in six separate incidents over the course of less than 24 hours, the Athens-Macedonian New Agency reported on Tuesday.
The fist rescue was off the coast of Samos, where 46 people were retrieved from the sea after they tore a hole in their rubber dingy. In nearby Kos, three groups of 42, 24 and 25 migrants respectively were rescued from motor-powered rubber boats, while another two groups of 50 and 37 people were rescued off the coast of Lesvos.
Lastly, 42 undocumented migrants were arrested on the island of Chios after managing to reach its coast safely.
All of the groups had set sail from Turkey and were trying to reach Greece, one of the major gateways into the European Union, especially for people fleeing strife in the Middle East.