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General News: Italy-bound vessel loaded with illegal migrants sinks; 22 missing

Δημοσίευση 17 Ιανουαρίου 2011, 11:35 / Ανανεώθηκε 27 Ιουνίου 2013, 14:55
General News: Italy-bound vessel loaded with illegal migrants sinks; 22 missing
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Greek coast guard units, aided by air force planes, were scouring a sea region west of the Ionian island of Corfu on Sunday for survivors of a wooden vessel that reportedly sank while ferrying more than 250 Afghan illegal immigrants towards Italy.

Greek coast guard units, aided by air force planes, were scouring a sea region west of the Ionian island of Corfu on Sunday for survivors of a wooden vessel that reportedly sank while ferrying more than 250 Afghan illegal immigrants towards Italy.

The incident occurred on Sunday morning some 30 nautical miles west of Corfu.

Port authorities said that 22 people on the 30-metre vessel were still missing, while the other 241 illegals, all from Afghanistan, were picked up by the passing Dutch-flagged freighter "Momentum Scan" and have been transported to the port of Corfu.

Thirty of the rescued Afghan migrants suffered minor injuries due to adverse weather conditions in the area and were taken to the island's hospital for first aid treatment.

The search and rescue operation for the 22 missing migrants was continuing full swing on Sunday afternoon, with the participation of vessels sailing in the vicinity, a Super Puma all-weather military helicopter and a deep-sea vessel.