Greek coast guard officials were on Monday night still searching for 12 immigrants – nine women and three children – who fell into the sea off the eastern Aegean island of Farmakonisi after their vessel capsized.
According to authorities, the immigrant vessel was spotted 1.5 nautical miles from Farmakonisi by a patrol boat that tried to tow it to the Dodecanese islet. The boat allegedly capsized after two immigrants jumped into the sea for unknown reasons.
Coast guard officers were able to rescue 16 people who were later taken to the island of Leros. The migrants are believed to be from Somalia and Syria.