Bulgarian Coast Guard rescues 38 migrants from Black Sea

The Bulgarian Coast Guard on Thursday rescued 38 migrants trying to reach Romania from the Black Sea, the interior ministry said, the first such incident in the region since 2014.

The group, which included eight women and eight children, was found in Bulgarian territorial waters where they got into trouble in stormy weather, said Anton Mirkov, the region’s border police chief.

The migrants, including people from Afghanistan and Syria, started from Turkey.

Bulgaria is seeing an increasing number of migrants entering its waters from Turkey’s southern coast.

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It has intensified its patrols since the death of two police officers in Burgas on the Black Sea coast in August. They were run over while trying to stop a bus carrying migrants.

The authorities have dispatched around 300 soldiers to increase surveillance of the barbed wire barriers erected between 2014 and 2017.

In August, the country’s refugee agency reported an increase in the number of illegal immigrants being arrested compared to the previous year, when 12,000 were detained.

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