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According to Frontex, the EU border and coastal protection agency, around 40 percent of all rescue operations are carried out by volunteers.



After Mare Nostrum ended, European governments instructed the EU border agency, Frontex, to set up Operation Triton, whose mandate was primarily to control the EU's border rather than to rescue boats in distress at sea.


In August more than 2,800 people arrived in dinghies on the island of Lesbos. A boat carrying 40 people was brought into the port of Skala Sikamineas after it was intercepted by Frontex, the EU's border agency. Eight women and 18 children, including five unaccompanied minors, were on board along with 14 men, all from Afghanistan.