Israeli yacht saves migrants – level 3

27-10-2015 07:00

This is the moment an Israeli yacht saved migrants from drowning near the Greek island of Kastellorizo.

“We have just now discovered a man in the sea. In a moment, Amir will return to film him. He’s shouting. We are approaching him to save him.”

Eleven Syrian and Iraqi migrants were rescued after the crew spotted them in the water.

“What is your name?”


“Ibrahim? You are come from Syria? OK. Where is your brother?”

Among those recovered from the sea was a mother carrying the body of her dead six-month-old baby in her arms.

The yacht, belonging to an Israeli civilian navigation school, was on a routine training activity in the area, near the Turkish coast.

The survivors said that three of their group were missing – a pregnant woman and two men.

Their bodies were later found in the water by Greek authorities.

The Israeli yacht brought the migrants to shore where Greek authorities detained one of them – accused by the others of being the trafficker. The rest were allowed to enter the island.

Difficult words: drown (to die from being under water for too long), spot (see), civilian (not military), detain (to hold in case you need to arrest), trafficker (somebody who illegally moves people from one country to another for money).



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