Three human traffickers aged 50, 23 and 21, who were on board a sailing boat, were arrested by Skopelos Coast Guard officers on Monday. The smugglers, all foreign nationals, called for help due to engine failure while sailing 4 miles north of Skopelos island in the Aegean Sea.

A nearby fishing boat tugged the suspects' vessel to Glossa port, Skopelos.

An investigation revealed that the three suspects had taken on 40 illegal migrants from the Turkish coast and disembarked them in the area of Potoki Sykis in Pelion, central Greece.

Authorities have launched an operation to locate the illegal migrants.