SEVEN SYRIAN REFUGEES REPORTED DROWNED, ONE SAVED
NICOSIA, Cyprus, Seven Syrian refugees were reported to have drowned, after their boat capsized, while attempting to reach Cyprus, authorities reported, on Friday.
They said, only one of the eight people on board the boat, a 32-year old man, was saved, by clinging to a life vest.
He was picked up by a U.S. registered cargo ship, off the southeastern coast of Cyprus and was transferred by helicopter to hospital, in the city of Larnaca.
Doctors at the city’s hospital said, he was in a state of hypothermia, after remaining in the water for more than three days.
He told the police that he and seven other people escaped from Syria earlier, then left Tripoli, Libya, on Dec 21, aboard a boat to reach Cyprus. However, they ran out of fuel and the boat capsized and sank on Dec 25.
The man said, all other people on board drowned, but he managed to hold on to the life vest for three days, before he was spotted and picked up by the American registered vessel.
Its captain notified the Search and Rescue Centre in Larnaca, which sent out a police team to pick him up.
However, the Search and Rescue Centre said, because of adverse weather conditions and the poor health of the man, a helicopter was dispatched to the American vessel to transfer the man to land.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORKhttps://syrianewsgazette.com/seven-syrian-refugees-reported-drowned-one-saved/General