The boat, with some 50 people on board, sank off the island of Paxi, while it was probably trying to reach Italy.
At least twelve migrants perished Saturday in the sinking in the Ionian Sea of their boat, which transported about fifty people, indicated the Greek coast guards. “So far 12 bodies have been found. Search and rescue operations continue, “said a coast guard official, adding that some 20 people had been rescued.
The boat, with some 50 people on board sank off the island of Paxi, while he was probably trying to reach Italy.
Six coast guard patrol boats and two helicopters were engaged in rescue operations, according to the authorities. Four freighters present in the area were also participating in the operations.
Thousands of migrants have died in recent years in the Mediterranean, which has become the most dangerous maritime route in the world. In 2019, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) recorded 1 283 known deaths in the Mediterranean.