Search after immigrants' boat tips

Last updated 22:08 20/01/2014

Relevant offers

Europe

EU rescue ships head for Libya, as migrants die also in Balkans Boy, 14, in court over alleged Melbourne Anzac Day terror attack An organ donor at just 100 minutes old Woman swallowed by London footpath British teen arrested over Australian Anzac terror plot Prince William, Kate Middleton 'not stopping at two children' Malta holds solemn funeral for migrant shipwreck victims Anzac Cove awaits pilgrims as final rehearsal rings out across Gallipoli Islamist 'plotting church attacks' in Paris Firefighters smash through brick wall to rescue stuck cat

Greek rescuers are seeking 12 people reported missing in the eastern Aegean Sea after a fishing boat packed with immigrants that was being towed to the shore by a coastguard vessel capsized in the dark.

A Merchant Marine Ministry statement says another 16 people were rescued early on Monday (local time) near Farmakonissi islet. Their nationalities were unknown.

Greece is a major entry point for people from impoverished or war-torn Asian and African countries seeking a better life in Europe. Most risk entering illegally by sea, and fatal accidents are frequent.

The ministry said Monday the vessel was found drifting by a patrol boat that tried to tow it to Farmakonissi. About 1.5 miles (2.5 kilometres) offshore, two people dived into the sea, prompting a rush that capsized the boat.

Ad Feedback

- AP

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content