A minimum of12individuals have actually drowned when a boat loaded with asylum seekers sank in the Ionian Sea, according to Greece ‘s coast guard.
“So far12 bodies have been recovered. The search and rescue operation continues,” the coast guard stated in a declaration,
adding that21 individuals had actually been rescued. Three of those rescued were flown to Aktio, in western Greece, to receive medical treatment.
Authorities stated t he boat took on water near the island of Paxi during an evident attempt to reach Italy.
6 coast guard patrol boats and 2 navy helicopters were engaged in the continuing rescue effort, the coast guard said, adding that four passing freight ships were also helping the operation.
With the closure of borders along the so-called Balkan refugee path, some asylum seekers in Greece are trying clandestine paths to leave the nation and reach Western Europe, including mountain paths into Albania or by cruising to neighbouring Italy.
Countless migrants and refugeeshave actually died in recent years while trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea in small, overloaded boats.
Twenty-two people have actually passed away or are still missing in refugee boat sinkings in the Mediterranean just this month, according to the International Company for Migration.
Another 73people were saved in separate occurrences in the Aegean Sea in between Friday and Saturday, the Greek coastguard stated.
Greece in 2019 once again ended up being the primary entry into Europe for migrants and refugees. The United Nations refugee company recorded more than 55,000 arrivals by sea, and more than 14,000 by means of the land border with Turkey.
Greece’s new conservative government has actually struggled to manage hundreds of new asylum applicant arrivals daily from the coast of neighbouring Turkey. Greece’s refugee camps are primarily complete beyond capacity.
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