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Romania coastguard rescues 60 refugees

This file photo shows a ship-wrecked refugee before being saved by a German boat in the Mediterranean Sea, on November 6, 2017. (Via AFP)

Romania's coastguard says it has rescued 60 refugees aboard a Turkish ship on the Black Sea that sent out a distress signal.

A statement said the ship was detected some 35 kilometers from the Black Sea coast early Tuesday after asking Romanian authorities and a commercial ship in the area for help.

The coastguard dispatched two ships to the area and escorted the vessel toward the Black Sea port of Constanta.

It said the refugees would be identified and given medical treatment if necessary. There was no immediate information about the ship's crew or the nationalities of the refugees.

This file photo shows refugees standing in line in sub-zero temperature for food distributed by volunteers outside of derelict warehouses being used as makeshift shelters in Belgrade, Serbia, on January 11, 2017. (By AFP)

Border police will investigate the incident.

The number of refugees passing through Romania have increased this year as other routes into Europe have closed.

(Source: AP)

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