The Prefect of the Dubrovnik-Neretva Country, Nikola Dobroslavić, and his deputy Žaklina Marević received police officers from the Dubrovnik Maritime Police Station on Wednesday, who are this year's winners of the “Vjesnik Blue Ribbon” for rescuing 36 migrants in the Aegean Sea.
On this occasion, Dobroslavić pointed out that he was proud of the entire work of our police related to the surveillance of Croatian and European borders, and added that he believed that the entire Government and our Ministry of Interior had done very well on the issue of migrants wishing to enter the EU.
The commander of the patrol ship type "B" Sveti Duje, Vedran Crnić, machine operator Mate Batinović, and sailors Ivan Šutal and Ivan Delić, met with Dobroslavić as well as the Chief of Police, Ivan Pavličević, and the head of the Maritime Police Station Nikša Restović.
During the surveillance of the EU sea border with Turkey as part of the Frontex Poseidon mission, four police officers from the Dubrovnik Maritime Police Station rescued 36 migrants who were in poor health, hypothermic, dehydrated, and some of them unconscious. Among the persons rescued were five children, 11 women and 20 men.
The migrants were transferred to a police vessel where police officers gave them water and hot drinks and wrapped them with thermal foils, after which they were transported to the port of Alexandroupolis where they were met and given emergency medical assistance.
Out of a total of 36 migrants, five of them were hospitalized, while the rest, after receiving medical assistance, were taken care of in a reception centre, where further treatment in accordance with national and European legislation followed.