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Our "rescue boat", as we commonly call it, was brought to Leros in 2002. It's moored in the harbour of Lakki. In addition to the duties mentioned below, it occasionaly has to be employed also for the urgent transportation of ill or injured people to the big hospitals of Kos or Rhodes.

From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hellenic_Coast_Guard

The basic roles of the Hellenic Coast Guard are law enforcement in sea, search and rescue, marine safety, pollution prevention in sea, fishery patrolling, prevention of the illegal immigration, drug interdiction.

Main activities of the Hellenic Coast Guard are defined in the present legislation and specified within its institutional framework of operation. These activities are the following:

-Law enforcement at sea, ports and coastal areas, prevention of illegal immigration.
-Surveillance of shipping, ports, sea space and borders.
-Search and Rescue at Sea (jointly with the Hellenic Air Force, responsible for Search and Rescue by air)
-Safety of navigation (with the exception of lighthouses, racons and buoys, which are constructed, purchased, installed and maintained by the Hellenic Navy Lighthouse Service)
-Protection of the marine environment, response to marine pollution incidents
-Provision of emergency maritime radio communication services
-Port operations (excluding port pilots service)
-Representation of Greece in International Organizations and the European Commission in matters related to these roles

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