15 dead as migrant boat sinks off Greek island
06 Oct 2022 05:30pm
A capsized boat carrying 37 migrants in the Aegean Sea taken on Jan 31, 2016. Hundreds of migrants have drowned trying to cross the Aegean Sea - AFP photo
Another 15 who have been rescued told authorities that about 40 people were on board when the incident happened, an e-mailed press release has said, adding that a rescue operation was underway.
All victims were young women of African origin, Xinhua quoted Hellenic Coast Guard spokesperson Nikos Kokkalas as telling Greek national broadcaster ERT.
Meanwhile, 80 people have been rescued off the island of Kythira in southern Greece after another boat crashed onto the rocks and sank on Wednesday night, he said.
Survivors said approximately 95 people were on the boat, according to an e-mailed press release. No information was given on their nationalities.
Both rescue operations were hampered by strong winds reaching Category 8 on the Beaufort wind force scale, authorities said. - BERNAMA
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