The Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos, signed a decree bestowing citizenship on the three – two Egyptians and an Albanian – describing the gesture as a sign of Greece’s ‘humanity and solidarity.’
At a ceremony, the President Pavlopoulos, thanked the fishermen for showing “solidarity and humanity” by rescuing dozens of people.
“You are now European citizens too, and so you can teach all our partners who don’t realise the values of Europe, to do what they ought to do,” he said.
The wildfire killed at least 90 people.
Fanned by strong winds, the inferno engulfed part of the Attica Peninsula, with the resort town of Mati among the worst-hit areas.
Eyewitnesses said that hundreds of people were forced into the sea as the flames approached, but others were trapped near the coast.
The three men pulled people from the water who had fled the out-of-control wildfire at the seaside resort of Mati, east of Athens, by swimming out to sea while having difficulty breathing because of heavy smoke. The trio also guided survivors to a nearby port after the July 23 blaze reached the shore and gutted hundreds of homes.