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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 15-04-23

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  • [01] Migrants rescued off Evia to be housed in basketball court
  • [02] One killed, one seriously injured in fire at abandoned Volos factory
  • [03] Greek-Bulgaria pipeline shareholders meet in Sofia

  • [01] Migrants rescued off Evia to be housed in basketball court

    ANA - MPA -- A boatload of 93 irregular migrants plus three suspected traffickers rescued on Thursday while adrift in a wooden craft in the Kafireas Straits (Cavo d' Oro) near Rafina will be temporarily housed in an indoor basketball court in the area of Pikermi, authorities announced.

    According to information from coast guard sources, authorities were alerted to their plight by someone on board the vessel that telephoned the European emergency number 112 and reported that a boat carrying roughly 85 people, including women and children, was in danger.

    The boat was located roughly 14 nautical miles northeast of Kafireas and two rescue boats and a coast guard patrol boat were sent to the scene. The migrants were then transferred onto the coast guard vessels to be taken to Rafina port and the wooden craft in which they were travelling was confiscated and taken to the island of Karystos.

    The first rescue vessel with 25 people on board has already arrived in Rafina, carrying a pregnant women that was taken to the local health centre for a precautionary check-up but found to be in good health. Authorities do not yet know where the wooden craft set sail from and whether its destination was Greece.

    A final headcount showed that there were 74 men, seven women and 12 children on board the vessel, as well as three men of Ukrainian nationality that are suspected of organising the transfer of the migrants, who are being held at the Rafina coast guard for questioning.

    [02] One killed, one seriously injured in fire at abandoned Volos factory

    ANA-MPA -- At least one person was killed and a second was taken to hospital in critical condition as a result of a major fire that broke out inside an abandoned factory in Volos, just before 13:00 on Thursday. The dead man is suspected to be a foreign national, while the second man has been admitted to the Volos Hospital ICU with extensive burns covering 90 pct of his body. Both men were later identified as Bulgarian nationals. Strong fire-fighting forces, with reinforcements sent in from surrounding regions, finally succeeded in putting out the blaze on Thursday afternoon. Firefighters are continuing a search of the premises to determine the cause of the blaze and whether more people may have been trapped inside after the roof of the factory collapsed. According to sources, another two individuals that may have lighter injuries were seen exiting the factory when the fire broke out and heading off in an unknown direction. It is considered possible that the four people had entered the factory in order scavenge metal that they could later sell. The cause of the fire has not yet been discovered but firemen believe it spread quickly due to the flammable materials in the building.

    [03] Greek-Bulgaria pipeline shareholders meet in Sofia

    ANA-MPA - A meeting between representatives of companies participating in ICGB EAD, the consortium that will build and operate the natural gas pipeline between Greece and Bulgaria, approved a revised growth programme, a road map for the beginning of operations (scheduled for 2018) and a budget to finance all necessary actions until the start of construction works.

    Poseidon (a company equally owned by DEPA - Greece's Public Gas Corporation - and Edison International) and Bulgarian Energy Holding (BEH) are joint shareholders in ICGB. DEPA, in an announcement, said that the meeting held in Sofia on Wednesday aimed to ensure all necessary preconditions for implementing the project the soonest possible.

    The natural gas pipeline will have a length of 180km, of which 30km on Greek soil and the remaining 150km in Bulgaria and will have a transport capacity of 3.0 billion cubic metres of natural gas annually, with the prospect of raising this capacity to 5.0 billion euros with the construction of a compressor.

    The agreement was signed by DEPA's chief executive, Spyros Paleogiannis, EDISON's representative Elio Ruggeri and BEH's chief executive Theodora Georgieva.

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