Police rescue 69 migrants from Evros River

A police patrol in northeastern Greece on Saturday rescued 69 migrants stranded on the Evros River, the natural boundary with Turkey, which is a popular crossing point into Europe.

The police used an inflatable dinghy to bring the undocumented immigrants – 42 men, 10 women and 17 children – to the shore.

The migrants, who were reported to be in good health, are believed to have been abandoned there by a trafficker.

Their nationality was not made immediately known.

An emergency meeting in Brussels last week decided to double aid to Mediterranean countries to help with the increased influx of irregular migrants.