Inclement weather conditions in Crete continued to hamper the search for 11 Bangladesh nationals that jumped off a ferry boat on Saturday evening in Souda Bay, near Hania, in order to evade repatriation to their home country.

The south Asian labourers were part of a group of nearly 1,300 people being evacuated from eastern Libya aboard the vessel "Ionian King". Three people, in fact, drowned in the unseasonably frigid waters of the bay. The search continued on both land and sea.

Meanwhile, another ferry boat carrying 300 evacuees from nine different Asian countries arrived after midnight on Tuesday in Souda Bay.

Some 1,500 Bangladeshi were airlifted out of Hania airport on Sunday and Monday.