Rescue boats from Portsmouth sent to help save migrants crossing the Mediterranean

Steve Ayub, one of the directors at KB Boat Park at the Camber in Portsmouth, next to one of the ''two ex-RNLI Atlantic 75 RIBs which are being taken to Lesbos to be used to rescue refugees Picture: Sarah Standing (160152-9656)

Steve Ayub, one of the directors at KB Boat Park at the Camber in Portsmouth, next to one of the ''two ex-RNLI Atlantic 75 RIBs which are being taken to Lesbos to be used to rescue refugees Picture: Sarah Standing (160152-9656)

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DESPERATE Syrian refugees fleeing across the Mediterranean could soon be rescued by two former RNLI boats from Portsmouth.

The Atlantic 75s have been provided to two humanitarian charities helping migrants, thanks to the Portsmouth-based KB Boat Park at The Camber.

The company sourced the two craft and is playing a key role in delivering them to the Greek island of Lesbos.

The first of the RIBs to reach the island will arrive on Thursday.

Steve Ayub, one of the directors at KB Boat Park, said: ‘There’s a feel-good factor about knowing we’re doing our bit to help.’

The move comes as thousands of migrants continue to make the dangerous crossing.

In the past few days, at least 39 migrants, including several children, drowned trying to cross the Aegean Sea from Turkey to Greece.

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