Greek tourist shares touching picture of the moment she saved a Syrian refugee

Χθες του Αγίου Φανουρίου σώσαμε έναν άνθρωπο που ηταν 13 ώρες στο νερό σχεδόν ημιλιπόθυμος Ξεκίνησαν 40 Σύριοι με φουσκ...

Posted by Sandra Tsiligeridu on Friday, 28 August 2015


A Greek tourist has shared an image of the moment she and a group of friends reportedly rescued a Syrian refugee who was stranded at sea.

Sandra Tsiligeridu explained to the Pappas Post, a Greek news website based in the US, that the group had been travelling back from the small island of Pserimos last week when they spotted him floating and "almost half-conscious".

The man, named Mohamed, had reportedly been clinging to a life vest at sea for more than 13 hours after becoming separated from a boat carrying 39 of his compatriots which had left from Turkey at 5am on Friday.

The island of Pserimos, marked on this map, to the north of Kos in the Aegean Sea with the Turkish coast to the east (Picture: Google Maps)

At first however, the group mistook the 28-year-old for a diver and had steered the boat to avoid him, not realising he was in distress.

I looked at him and he needed help. I immediately screamed to my friend who was driving our boat to turn around, because this man needed help.

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