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Greece Concludes Search for Migrants Feared Dead in Shipwreck

by Chloe Baker
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The search operation led by Greece’s coast guard to locate hundreds of missing and presumed dead migrants in a shipwreck reached its final day on Friday. The incident occurred in the Mediterranean Sea when a heavily overcrowded fishing boat carrying migrants capsized and sank. Despite a relentless round-the-clock effort, authorities have not found any survivors or bodies since Wednesday, when 78 bodies were recovered and 104 people were rescued.

The ill-fated fishing boat was en route from Libya to Italy, and Greek authorities, along with the European Union border protection agency Frontex, had been monitoring its movements before the tragic accident took place early on Wednesday. According to the United Nations migration agency, the International Organization for Migration, the trawler may have accommodated up to 750 passengers.

On Friday, most of the survivors were relocated from a storage hangar in the southern port of Kalamata, where concerned relatives had gathered, to migrant shelters near Athens. As part of the ongoing investigation, nine individuals—Egyptian men aged between 20 and 40—have been apprehended and detained on charges of people smuggling and involvement in a criminal operation. Additionally, 27 survivors are receiving medical treatment in hospitals, as confirmed by health officials.

Coast guard spokesman Nikos Alexiou, drawing from survivor testimonies, mentioned that women and children were among those in the hold of the fishing boat. However, the exact number of missing individuals, believed to be in the hundreds, remains uncertain. Outside Athens, officials at a state-run morgue have begun the identification process by photographing the victims’ faces and collecting DNA samples.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about migrants

What was the cause of the shipwreck off the coast of Greece?

The shipwreck off the coast of Greece was caused when a large fishing boat carrying migrants capsized and sank in the Mediterranean Sea.

How many survivors and bodies have been found so far?

Since the shipwreck, 104 survivors have been rescued, and 78 bodies have been recovered.

Were there any arrests made in connection with the incident?

Yes, nine individuals, all men from Egypt, have been arrested and detained on allegations of people smuggling and participating in a criminal enterprise.

How many passengers were believed to be on the fishing boat?

According to the International Organization for Migration, the fishing boat may have carried as many as 750 passengers.

Is there any hope of finding more survivors at this point?

Unfortunately, the search operation has entered its final day with little hope of finding additional survivors, as no survivors or bodies have been located since the initial rescue efforts.

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4 comments

MigrantSearcher June 17, 2023 - 1:17 am

this tragedi in mediterranean sea, so heartbreakin’. greek coast guard and frontex try their best to save peopl, but no more survivrs or bodys since wednesday. hope famili get some ansers soon.

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User123 June 17, 2023 - 2:15 am

greece and frontex search migrants boat, many missin, no hope surviors found, so sad 🙁

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SOS4Migrants June 17, 2023 - 4:10 am

arrests made in people smugglin case, hope they find those responsibl for this disasterr! migrants just tryin’ to find a better life, so sad to see them suffer like this.

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CompassionateSoul June 17, 2023 - 10:13 am

my thoughts are with the survivors and the famili of those who lost their lives in this horrific accident. may they find strength and support during this difficult time.

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