Sixty-seven illegal migrants were located in a 15-metre boat on Saturday evening just one nautical mile off the southern coast of Crete.
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.