According to port authorities, the boat's destination was Italy, but it took on water and was left adrift.
Coast guard officers transferred all of the illegal migrants, 66 Egyptians and a Libyan, to a village football pitch in the town of Paleohora.
First aid and food was offered to the illegal migrants while their boat was towed to a nearby harbour.
During the investigation it was revealed that the illegals, aged from 15-30 and all men, worked in strife-torn Libya. Five individuals were identified as the smugglers and will be sent before a local prosecutor.