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Greece: Dozens Feared Dead and Missing as Migrant Fishing Vessel Capsizes

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Authorities in Greece have reported that a fishing boat carrying migrants capsized and sank off the southern coast, resulting in the deaths of at least 59 people, with many others feared missing. The incident took place during the nighttime approximately 75 kilometers (46 miles) southwest of Greece’s southern Peloponnese region, prompting an extensive search and rescue operation.

As of now, 104 individuals have been rescued from the wreckage, but the exact number of passengers still unaccounted for remains unclear. Four survivors were admitted to the hospital due to symptoms of hypothermia. In the ongoing search, six coast guard vessels, a navy frigate, a military transport plane, an air force helicopter, private vessels, and a drone from the European Union border protection agency, Frontex, are participating.

The ill-fated boat is believed to have departed from the Tobruk area in eastern Libya, and the Italian coast guard had initially alerted Greek authorities and Frontex about its approach on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, at the southern port of Kalamata, rescued migrants were provided sheltered areas where they received dry clothes and medical attention from ambulance services and the United Nations Refugee Agency.

Earlier this month, Libyan authorities launched a major crackdown on migrants across eastern Libya, resulting in the detention of several thousand individuals, including Egyptians, Syrians, Sudanese, and Pakistanis. Libyan authorities have deported numerous Egyptians to their home country through a land crossing point. In western Libya, authorities have conducted raids on migrant hubs in Tripoli and other towns, detaining and transferring at least 1,800 migrants to government-run detention centers, as reported by the UN refugee agency.

To circumvent local coast guard patrols, Mediterranean smugglers have increasingly resorted to using larger boats in international waters near the Greek mainland.

In a separate incident on Sunday, 90 migrants aboard a U.S.-flagged yacht were rescued in the same area following a distress call. Additionally, on Wednesday, a yacht carrying 81 migrants was towed to a port on the south coast of Crete after authorities received a distress signal.


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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about migrant boat capsizes

What happened off the coast of southern Greece?

A fishing boat carrying migrants capsized and sank, resulting in the deaths of at least 59 people and leaving dozens more missing. The incident occurred approximately 75 kilometers southwest of Greece’s southern Peloponnese region.

How many people have been rescued so far?

Authorities have reported that 104 people have been rescued from the capsized boat. However, the exact number of passengers still missing remains unclear.

What is being done to search for the missing migrants?

A large search and rescue operation is currently underway in the area where the boat capsized. Six coast guard vessels, a navy frigate, a military transport plane, an air force helicopter, private vessels, and a drone from the European Union border protection agency, Frontex, are involved in the ongoing search efforts.

Where did the boat originate from?

The fishing boat is believed to have sailed from the Tobruk area in eastern Libya. The Italian coast guard had alerted Greek authorities and Frontex about the approaching vessel prior to the incident.

Have there been any recent crackdowns on migrants in Libya?

Yes, Libyan authorities launched a major crackdown on migrants across eastern Libya earlier this month. Thousands of migrants, including Egyptians, Syrians, Sudanese, and Pakistanis, have been detained. Additionally, raids have been conducted on migrant hubs in the capital, Tripoli, and other towns in western Libya.

Are Mediterranean smugglers using larger boats to evade authorities?

Yes, it has been observed that Mediterranean smugglers are increasingly employing larger boats to navigate international waters off the Greek mainland in an attempt to avoid local coast guard patrols.

Were there any other recent incidents involving migrant boats in the area?

Yes, on a separate occasion, a U.S.-flagged yacht carrying 90 migrants was rescued in the same area after making a distress call. Additionally, a yacht with 81 migrants on board sent a distress call and was later towed to a port on the south coast of Greece’s island of Crete.

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2 comments

johnsmith101 June 14, 2023 - 4:39 pm

terrible news! libya’s crackdown on migrants is makin things even worse. we need more international cooperation to address this crisis. #HumanRights

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m1ke_82 June 14, 2023 - 9:09 pm

oh my god! another tragedy at sea, this is just heartbreakin. greece needs to do more to protect these poor migrants. why do they keep riskin their lives like this?!

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