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Greek hero on the beach

One compelling image has come to 
represent all the Greek people who treated 
desperate migrants like fellow human beings
Boat migrant being rescued
 Antonis Deligiorgis saving Wegasi Nebiat: ‘I was having 
trouble lifting her out of the sea, then instinctively, I put her 
over my shoulder.’ Photograph: Argiris Mantiko
 in Athens

It was an image that came to symbolize desperation 

and valor: the desperation of those who will take 

on the sea – and the men who ferry human cargo 

across it – to flee the ills that cannot keep 

them in their own countries. And the valour

of those on Europe’s southern shores who rush 

to save them when tragedy strikes.

Last week on the island of Rhodes, war, 

repression, dictatorshipin distant Eritreawere far from 

the mind of army sergeant Antonis Deligiorgis. 

The world inhabited by Wegasi Nebiat,

 a 24-year-old Eritrean in the cabin of a 

yacht sailing towardsthe isle, was still far away.

Stationed in Rhodes, the burly soldier 

accompanied his wife, Theodora, on 

the school run. “Then we thought we’d 

grab a coffee,” he told the Observer in 

an exclusive interview recounting what 

would soon ensue. “We stopped

 by a cafe on the seafront.”

Deligiorgis had his back to the sea 

when the vessel carrying Nebiat 

struck the jagged rocks fishermen 

on Rhodes grow up learning to avoid. 

Within seconds the rickety boat packed 

with Syrians and Eritreans was listing. 

The odyssey that had originated six hours 

earlier at the Turkish port of Marmaris – 

where thousands of Europe-bound 

migrants are now said to be amassed – 

was about to end in the strong currents off

 Zefyros Beach.

For Nebiat, whose journey to Europe began 

in early March – her parents

 paid $10,000 for a voyage that would

see her walk, bus and fly her way

 to “freedom” – the reef was her first 

contact with the continent she 

had prayed to reach. Soon she was 

in the water clinging to a rubber buoy.

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 Mediterranean migrants cling to boat wreckage as it hits rocks off Greek island – video

“The boat disintegrated in a matter of 

minutes,” the father-of-two 

recalled. “It was as if it was made of paper. 

By the time I left the 

café at 10 past 10, a lot of people had 

rushed to the scene. The 

coastguard was there, a Super Puma

 [helicopter] was in the air, 

the ambulance brigade had come, 

fishermen had gathered in 

their caiques. Without really giving it a 

second’s thought, I did 

what I had to do. By 10:15 I had taken off 

my shirt and was in the water.”

Deligiorgis brought 20 of the 93 migrants

 to shore singlehandedly. 

“At first I wore my shoes but soon had to 

take them off,” he said, 

speaking by telephone from Rhodes. 

“The water was full of oil from 

the boat and was very bitter and the rocks

 were slippery and very sharp. 

I cut myself quite badly on my hands 

and feet, but all I could think of 

was saving those poor people.”

In the chaos of the rescue, the 34-year-old 

cannot remember if  he 

saved three or four men, or three or four 

children, or five or six 

women: “What I do remember was seeing 

a man who was around 

40 die. He was flailing about, he couldn’t 

breathe, he was choking, 

and though I tried was impossible to reach. 

Anyone who could was

 hanging on to the wreckage.”

Deligiorgis says he was helped by 

the survival skills and techniques 

learned in the army: “But the waves 

were so big, so relentless. They kept 

coming and coming.” He had been 

in the water for about 20 minutes 

when he saw Nebiat gripping the buoy.

 “She was having great problems 

breathing,” he said. “There were 

some guys from the coastguard 

around me who had jumped in with 

all their clothes on. I was having 

trouble lifting her out of the sea. 

They helped and then, instinctively,

 I put her over my shoulder.”

 The rescue operation on the Greek island of Rhodes. Photograph: Xinhua /Landov / Barcroft Media

On Friday it emerged that he had 

also rescued a woman who 

gave birth to a healthy baby boy in 

Rhodes general hospital. In a

 sign of her gratitude, the Eritrean, who 

did not want to be identified,

 told nurses she would name her son after 

him. While Deligiorgis’s 

heroism has raised the spirits of a nation 

grappling with its worst

 economic crisis in modern times, he is 

far from alone. All week 

there have been stories of acts of kindness, 

great and small, by 

islanders who rushed to help the emigrés. 

One woman stripped 

her own child to swaddle a Syrian baby, 

hundreds rushed to 

donate food and clothes.

“They are souls, like us,” said Babis Manias,

 a fisherman, breaking

 down as he recalled saving a child.

“We couldn’t believe it at first. We 

thought it was a tourist 

boat, what with all the hotels along the 

beach. I’ve never seen 

anything like it, the terror that can 

haunt a human’s eyes.”

The incident has highlighted 

the extraordinary sacrifice 

people on the frontline of 

Fortress Europe will often 

make as the humanitarian 

disaster unfolding on the continent’s 

outer reaches becomes 

ever more real. Last week close to 

2,000 migrants were 

reported entering he country with 

the vast majority coming 

through its far-flung Aegean isles. 

Most were said to be 

Syrian students and other professionals 

able to afford 

passage to the west.

“As long as there are crises in their 

own countries and 

desperation and despair, they will 

look to Europe,” said 

Giorgos Tsarbopoulos, who heads the 

United Nations 

refugee mission in Athens. “And as long

 as there are no 

legal alternatives they will take these 

great risks to get here.”

Like other passengers, Nebiat, who 

would spend most of the

 week in hospital being treated for 

suspected pneumonia, has 

no desire to stay in Greece. Sweden is

 her goal. And on Thursday 

she boarded a ferry bound for Piraeus, 

the continuation of a 

journey that began in the Eritrean capital 

of Asmara, took 

her to Sudan and from there to Turkey 

travelling on a fake 

passport. “I am lucky,” she said as she 

was reunited with 

those who made the journey with her. 

“Very lucky to be alive.”

Deligiorgis falls silent at 

the mention of heroism. 

There was nothing brave, 

he says, about fulfilling 

his duty “as a human, 

as a man”. But recounting 

the moment he plucked the 

Eritrean from the sea, 

he admits the memory will 

linger. “I will never forget 

her face,” he says. “Never.”