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A fishing vessel carrying refugees and migrants capsized and disappeared off the southern coast of Greece, resulting in the loss of at least 78 lives and the presumed disappearance of a large number of others. This is one of the worst such incidents this year.
Wednesday, the Greek coastguard issued a statement indicating that the vessel sank in international waters, 47 nautical miles (87 kilometers) southwest of Pylos, off the coast of the Peloponnese. The location is near to one of the Mediterranean’s deepest regions. 104 passengers, including Egyptians, Syrians, Pakistanis, Afghans, and Palestinians, were rescued, while 79 corpses were recovered. The search for additional survivors continued early on Thursday morning, with aircraft lowering flares to assist search teams.
Greek coastguard spokesman Nikos Alexiou told state TV ERT that the operation is one of the largest of its kind in the Mediterranean.
“We won’t stop looking,” he said.
The shipwreck may be among the worst ever recorded on the dreaded central Mediterranean migration route, which is the most perilous in the world.
Ioannis Zafiropoulos, the deputy mayor of the southern port city of Kalamata, where the survivors were rescued, stated that according to his intelligence, there were “more than 500 people” on board.
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Overnight, several private vessels joined six coastguard vessels, a navy frigate, a military transport, and an air force helicopter in the search for the missing.
The coastguard released an aerial photograph of the damaged blue vessel depicting a large number of individuals covering virtually every square inch of the deck. Ilias Siakantaris, spokesman for Greece’s caretaker government, told ERT that Greek authorities are unable to corroborate reports that 700–750 people were on board the vessel. “We do not know what was in the hold,” said Siakantaris, “but we do know that several smugglers lock people up to maintain control.”
Six Greek coast guard vessels, a navy frigate, a military transport aircraft, an air force helicopter, a number of private vessels, and a Frontex drone are currently participating in the search for the sunken vessel that occurred on Wednesday.
The Greek president, Katerina Sakellaropoulou, departed for the area where rescued migrants are being cared for, and political parties cancelled campaign events scheduled prior to the June 25 national elections.
Separately on Wednesday, a vessel carrying 81 migrants was towed to a port on the southern coast of the Greek island of Crete after authorities received a distress signal.
IOM reports that approximately 27,000 migrants have been reported missing in the Mediterranean region since 2014. According to the organisation, the Central Mediterranean is the “deadliest known migration route in the world.”
According to AFP records dating back to 1993, the worst migrant tragedy in Greece occurred in June 2016, when at least 320 people were listed as deceased or missing.
Along with Italy and Spain, Greece has been one of the primary entry sites for tens of thousands of Africans and Middle Easterners seeking to reach Europe.
In an effort to evade patrols in the northern Aegean Sea, there has been an increase in crossing attempts from Turkey on southern routes near the Cyclades islands and towards the Peloponnese peninsula.
A month ago, the international community exerted pressure on the Greek government in response to video footage allegedly showing the forcible expulsion of migrants who had been abandoned at sea.
Greece and other EU member states in the south and southeast say they are being unjustly tasked with managing the influx of undocumented immigrants.
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