At least 16 persons have died when their boat overturned off the Greek island of Paros in the central Aegean Sea, in the third maritime catastrophe involving migrants this 7 days, the country’s coastguard states.
Authorities scrambled a research and rescue operation overnight northwest of Paros. Air and sea property were being deployed to the spot, the coastguard mentioned.
Greece is one of the principal routes into the European Union for migrants and refugees from Africa, the Center East and over and above, while the stream has tapered off since 2015-2016 when a lot more than a million men and women traversed the country to other EU states.
The country’s semi-official Athens News Agency said the bodies of 12 guys, a few girls and an infant were being recovered from the space.
Eighty folks ended up considered to have been on the vessel on Friday, which according to the coastguard was thought to have been headed for Italy from Turkey.
The situation below which the vessel capsized ended up unclear.
Giannis Plakiotakis, Greece’s transport minister, stated trafficking gangs ended up responsible for the disasters.
The gangs “are indifferent to human life, stacking dozens of folks, without lifejackets, in vessels which do not conform to the most fundamental of basic safety requirements,” he mentioned in a prepared assertion.
Before on Friday, Greek authorities claimed they experienced recovered 11 bodies from the scene of an additional shipwreck, when a sailboat carrying migrants sank off an uninhabited islet in southern Greece on Thursday.
Another 90 people have been rescued in that procedure. The coastguard claimed first details prompt those people migrants had also been heading for Italy.
Overnight among Tuesday and Wednesday a boat considered to have been carrying up to 50 migrants sank off the island of Folegandros, with dozens feared missing.