Greece: Dozens lacking after migrant boat sinks


Greek authorities say a serious search and rescue operation has been launched east of the island of Karpathos after a ship reportedly carrying dozens of migrants sank through the night time.

The coast guard stated Wednesday that 29 folks, all males, had been rescued from the ocean 33 nautical miles (38 miles, 61 kilometers) east southeast of Karpathos, a southeastern island between Rhodes and Crete. These rescued have been from Afghanistan, Iraq and Iran, and informed authorities there had been roughly 60 to 80 folks on board the vessel when it went down, the coast guard stated.

These rescued stated the boat had set sail from the Antalya space on the southern Turkish coast and was aiming for Italy when it bumped into bother through the night time.

Two coast guard patrol boats, a Greek navy vessel, an air pressure helicopter and a minimum of three ships crusing close by have been taking part within the search and rescue efforts, the coast guard stated.

The most typical sea route for asylum-seekers from the Center East, Asia and Africa has been from Turkey to close by Greek islands. However with Greek authorities rising patrols within the Aegean, and dealing with repeated and chronic stories of summarily deporting new arrivals to Turkey with out permitting them to use for asylum, many are actually skirting the Greek islands and trying to take the for much longer, and extra harmful, route on to Italy. Greek authorities deny they perform unlawful abstract deportations of asylum-seekers.

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