Up to date: Jan 12, 2020 02:32 IST
Athens [Greece], Jan 12 (ANI): At the least 12 folks had been killed after a migrant smuggling boat sank close to the island of Paxos in western Greece on Saturday, authorities mentioned.
The Greek Coast Guard informed The New York Instances that our bodies of the 12 folks had been recovered from the Ionian Sea close to the west coast of Greece.
The authorities had been alerted that the vessel was in bother shortly after 9 a.m. (native time), when one of many migrants on board phoned the emergency companies. No particulars had been instantly accessible in regards to the identities of the victims.
The reason for the sinking was additionally unclear, based on the Coast Guard spokesman, Nikolaos Lagadianos. Climate situations had been good, he mentioned.
However the boat could have been overloaded, he added, noting that about 50 folks could have been on board.
A big search-and-rescue operation was underway, the Coast Guard mentioned, with six Coast Guard vessels scouring the realm alongside two Air Pressure helicopters, a Navy helicopter and 4 fishing boats.
He added that 21 folks had to date been rescued. (ANI)