UNHCR dismayed about migrant boat sinking in Aegean

The United Nations refugee agency has expressed dismay at the capsizing of a boat carrying migrants to Greece illegally, leaving 12 people feared drowned.

The UNCHR late Tuesday urged the government to investigate why the accident occurred as a stranded fishing boat was being towed by a Greek coast guard vessel in the eastern Aegean.

Greek authorities said 16 people were rescued following Monday's incident near the small island of Farmakonisi, but 12 others were still missing after a two-day search.

Authorities said the boat had been carrying 26 Afghans and two Syrians, and that the missing included infants and children.