Retrieved from Skiathos stationed at observation posts firing signals approaching the Persian fleet, the Greeks so afraid that retreated to Halkida, thinking to protect, at least, the narrowest strait between Euboea and the mainland. However exaggerated information about the shipwreck of the Persians at Cape Sepiasa reported they left in Artemisia scouts, quickly raised their spirits, and they returned to their former position in the bay Gistiayskuyu.
When on the fourth day the storm subsided, the Persian fleet moved along the coast to the bay and Pagaseyskomu shortly after noon anchored in the bay Afetskoy, which had a depth of about 73 m and surrounded on all sides by mountains, is well protected from wind and waves. However, the rocky and steep banks were not allowed to get the ships to the shore.
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