Polish authorities rescue group of illegal migrants stranded in marshes

Polish Border Guard and Territorial Defense officers along with firefighters rescued four migrants who became stranded in marshes near the Polish-Belarusian border

editor: Grzegorz Adamczyk
author: niezalezna.pl
(Source: Polish Border Guard)

The Polish Border Guard announced a several hours long operation to save a group of illegal migrants who became stuck in marshes near the Polish-Belarusian border. The four migrants were rescued, but two of them had to be transported to a hospital.

“Yesterday, Border Guard officers from the Michałów and Narewka units carried out a several hours long rescue operation along with Polish firefighters. Four illegal migrants who were Syrian and Iraqi citizens had become stranded in marshes. They were found thanks to a drone which belonged to the Territorial Defense Force. Two persons were transported to a hospital,” the Border Guard wrote on Twitter on Wednesday.

The details of the operation were revealed by the Polish Territorial Defense Force (WOT) in an official statement. WOT officers received a signal for aid from the Border Guard during their routine patrol in the area. A few minutes after receiving the distress call, 19 WOT soldiers had arrived on-site and assisted firefighters in rescuing the migrants.

WOT emphasized that due to low temperatures and hypothermia, the rescue operation was a real fight for the lives and health of the migrants.

Three men and one woman who had illegally crossed the Polish-Belarusian border were rescued in the operation. They were given necessary pre-medical aid and later handed over to medical services, who transported them to a nearby hospital. WOT drones played a crucial role in finding the stranded migrants and facilitating their rescue.

Since the start of the year, the Border Guard has recorded almost 40,000 attempts to illegally cross the Polish-Belarusian border. Since Dec. 1, there have been 838 such attempts. In November, 8,900 attempts were recorded; 17,500 in October, 7,700 in September, and 3,500 in August.

A ban on the presence of non-residents in the 183 towns in the border regions has been imposed since Dec. 1, 2021 and will last until March 1, 2022.

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