PICTURED: 150 freezing migrants shiver on the deck of a ship belonging to Nottingham Forest owner Evangelos Marinakis after they were plucked from the Mediterranean FOUR DAYS after their wooden boat began sinking

29 September 2021
  • Businessman Evangelos Marinakis owns Nottingham Forest and Olympiacos
  • The Greek's Aristofanis vessel was en route from Italy to Egypt on Friday
  • It came across a sinking migrant ship and raised the alarm 80 miles off Greece
  • The ship took 152 migrants on board, went to Crete and they disembarked

By Toby Miles For Mailonline

A vessel belonging to the owner of Nottingham Forest and Olympiacos rescued more than 150 migrants after finding them on a sinking ship in the Mediterranean.

Shipping mogul Evangelos Marinakis became Forest's majority shareholder in 2017 and one his crude oil tankers, Aristofanis, was headed to Egypt from Italy on Friday.

Its crew raised the alarm after spotting a 15-metre wooden boat drifting south of the Greek Peloponnese peninsula, according to reports.

The native coastal guard launched a rescue mission, hauling the sinking migrants aboard the Capital Ship Management tanker.

According to Alarm Phone, a support line for people crossing into the EU, they were at sea for four days. Tragically, within reach of safety, a pregnant woman reportedly fell into the sea during the rescue.

Navy and air force helicopters were deployed when a crew member spotted the woman fall, but she could not be found.

Aristofanis headed for Palaiochora in Crete to return the migrants to dry land, before setting off for Egypt once more.

Marinakis first delved into football ownership with Olympiacos, becoming owner and president in 2010 before overseeing a hot-streak of seven league titles in a row.

The Greek businessman then took over at the City Ground in 2017, promising to bring European football back to the historic club Brian Clough guided to two European Cups.

The 54-year-old was spotted celebrating on the Emirates Stadium pitch back in February 2020 after watching his Olympiacos side knock Arsenal out of the Europa League.