At least three dead after migrant boat sinks in the Aegean


At least three people died and several were believed to be missing after a wooden boat carrying migrants sank near the islet of Kalolimnos in the southern Aegean early Friday.

The Hellenic Coast Guard said that 15 people – 10 men, four women and one child – were rescued. Up to 25 individuals had been traveling on the boat, survivors told coast guard officers.

Several coast guard boats, a Frontex vessel, a Super Puma helicopter, two private yachts and a cargo ship were involved in a search and rescue effort to locate the missing migrants until nightfall. The search was to resume again Saturday at first light.

Earlier Friday, coast guard officers rescued another 127 migrants in two operations off the coast of Chios in the eastern Aegean.

No details were available about the nationality of the migrants in any of the cases.