Channel 4 News' Krishnan Guru-Murthy Helps Refugees Come Ashore In Heartbreaking Video On Lesbos

10/09/2015 07:58 | Updated 10 September 2015

Channel 4 News presenter Krishnan Guru-Murthy has been filmed helping refugees climb ashore on Lesbos whilst in the middle of presenting a report on the migration crisis.

Guru-Murthy's report chronicled the journey made by refugees in an overloaded rubber dingy traveling from the Turkish coast to the Greek island.

The journey is just 6km, but has seen many boats overturn - including that of tragic Syrian toddler Alan Kurdi.


The overloaded boat came ashore and its occupants struggled to get out

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Guru-Murthy turned to help refugees during his report

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The presenter helped young children navigate the rocks

Piloted by a refugee, the boat swings wildly from left to right, with its occupants become visibly more upset as it approached sharp rocks in a cove.

As Guru-Murthy stands talking towards the camera, it quickly becomes obvious that the panic amongst the refugees presents a real danger of somebody being hurt.

Within a few seconds, Guru-Murthy interrupts filming and turns to help those stumbling off the boat, continuing to present his piece as he did so.

Guru-Murthy met Laura Ferris, a Brit spending her holiday helping refugees come ashore.

When he asked “What do you think about all the Brits back home saying ‘We can’t take these people’?” she told Guru-Murthy: “If they met some of these people that are coming off the boats and listened to some of their heartbreaking stories, they’d change their mind.

“I know they would.”

The Greek government and the UNHR refugee agency have brought in extra resources and staff to help deal with stranded migrants on the island.

The government has warned of an "explosion" on the island, which is holding as many as 25,000 refugees, mostly Syrian, as they begin their journey into Europe.

And people on Twitter have been commending Guru-Murthy's report, and his display of humanity.


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