Thursday, February 22, 2024

78 dead after boat with refugees and migrants sinks off Greece

At least 78 people have died and many more are feared missing after a fishing boat carrying refugees and migrants capsized and sank off the southern coast of Greece.

Nearly all of them men were from Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The vessel, thought to have been carrying several hundred people, had set out from eastern Libya for Italy. It was unclear whether it was a fishing trawler or cargo ship.

About 100 people had been rescued so far. Six coastguard vessels, a navy frigate, a military transport and an air force helicopter, as well as several private vessels, were taking part in the search for those missing.

The accident prompted an extensive rescue operation complicated by strong winds, the coastguard said.

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