The body count of Bangladeshi nationals, missing since March 5 after they jumped off the ship "Ionian King", was revised downward to 12 at noon on Wednesday after authorities said that two moe bodies, and not three as originally announced, were recovered from the sea in Souda Bay, Crete, on Wednesday morning.

The "Ionian King" was carrying a shipload of Bangladeshis that had been evacuated from strife-torn Libya to Crete, where they faced extradition back to their own country.

As the ship approached the harbour, 49 people on board the ship jumped into the freezing waters in a desperate attempt to escape the authorities.

A total of 35 persons were found on land and rescued from the sea at the time.

The latest body count has reached 12, while two persons are still missing.