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Two feared dead in botched fishing trip

Authorities on the Dodecanese island of Leros spent the weekend trying to establish how many people were killed in a botched fishing expedition after the coast guard found at least one dismembered body aboard a drifting boat. The coast guard said on Saturday that the small vessel had been found off the northeastern coast of the island. When officers boarded the boat, they found several sticks of dynamite (sometimes used for illegal fishing), an oxygen tank and 400 kilos of fish as well as human remains. It is thought that at least one person was killed on the boat when a stick of dynamite exploded by accident. The fishing boat had set sail on Friday with two people aboard; the unnamed 39-year-old owner and a 42-year-old man, according to authorities. Neither of the men has been found and forensic experts in Athens are examining the remains to establish whether both men were killed.