Dozens drown in deadliest migrant shipwreck off Greece this year
ND24 Web Desk | Published : 2023-06-15
At least 79 migrants drowned and hundreds more were feared dead after an overloaded ship capsized and sank off the coast of Greece on June 14, in one of Europe's deadliest shipping disasters. According to a European rescue-support charity, around 750 people were on board the vessel, while the UN's migration agency put the number at up to 400. Search and rescue efforts continued throughout the day and night, with military aircraft deploying flares to illuminate the Mediterranean waters near the wreck site, which was located approximately 50 miles (80 km) southwest of Pylos, a coastal town in southern Greece. Survivors were taken to the Greek port of Kalamata near Pylos, where they received medical attention and temporary shelter. Meanwhile, the Greek caretaker administration declared three days of national mourning following the tragedy.
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