Greece: 23 dead after boat carrying asylum seekers sinks in Aegean Sea
By Magda Panoutsopoulou
ATHENS (AA): At least 23 bodies were pulled out after a boat carrying asylum seekers sank near islands of Evia in the Aegean Sea, Greek officials said Friday. Many are still missing.
Five children were among the dead from Tuesday’s boat wreck, according to the Greek coast guard.
Twelve people, including a 16-year-old boy, have been rescued. Two of those rescued are alleged smugglers and they were arrested.
The asylum seekers include those from Egypt, Afghanistan and Iran.
Survivors said there were 68 people on the boat. A distress call was sent to the European emergency number 112 by the asylum seekers after the boat sank, according to the coast guard.
A search and rescue operation is underway for those still missing.
[Map of Greece by CIA Factbook/Public Domain]
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