Migrant wreck toll rises to 5

Rescue teams combing the sea between Evia and Attica for 17 people feared lost after a yacht full of illegal immigrants sank in a storm on Thursday located another three bodies yesterday, but no more survivors. Meanwhile, in a separate incident yesterday, the bodies of five men were found in a field near the village of Feres in Thrace, close to the Turkish border. The victims – whose names and nationality were not made public – are believed to have been illegal immigrants who froze to death earlier this week while trying to enter Greece clandestinely during a blizzard. The three dead men located in the sea yesterday bring to five the toll from the sinking of a people-smuggling yacht that foundered in a storm on Thursday morning, off Karystos in southwestern Evia. The drowned bodies of two women were found on Thursday just off the islet of Petalioi, near Karystos. Twenty-six survivors, mainly Kurds, were also picked up on Petalioi. They said there had been 45 people on board the vessel, which is believed to have sailed from Turkey.

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