ROMANIA’S coastguard rescued more than 150 Iranian and Iraqi refugees from a ship in trouble on the Black Sea yesterday.
The rusty vessel was towed to the port of Constanta before dawn after it sent a distress signal and two vessels were dispatched in response.
The coastguard said it had found 157 people from Iran and Iraq, including 56 children, who had “intended to illegally enter our country.”
Some needed medical treatment. Border police spokesman Fabian Badila said the refugees would be taken into custody and then moved to government-run migration centres.
Migrants are increasingly crossing the Black Sea to reach Romania from Turkey.
Last weekend, the Romanian and Bulgarian coastguards intercepted 217 refugees on two boats in the Black Sea.
EU border agency Frontex spokesman Krzysztof Borowski said that traffickers were trying to “revive the route” they used until 2014.