Migrant vessel in trouble off Corfu

A Coast Guard operation was under way off the coast of Corfu on Thursday following reports that a vessel heading for Italy with some 20 undocumented immigrants aboard had run out of fuel.

The inflatable dinghy is believed to have set off from the western shore of the Ionian island in the early hours of the morning.

Coast Guard officials dispatched a rescue vessel after receiving an anonymous telephone call alerting authorities to the fact the vessel was in trouble.