Greece: Around 20 migrants missing off Corfu

AFP, Sunday 16 Jan 2011

Authorities rescue scores of migrants in heave sea oof the Greek Island

a survivor at the port of Corfu island
Members of the Greek rescue team help a survivor at the port of Corfu island, northwest of Athens (Photo: Reuters)

A cargo ship rescued scores of migrants in heavy seas off the Greek island of Corfu early Sunday following a night of drama, but port police said around 20 more are missing after falling overboard.

Rescue services were alerted after a 35-metre (114-foot) vessel packed with hundreds of migrants, including women and children, reported it was taking on water.

A cargo ship, the Momentum, was first to reach to stricken vessel around 30 miles off the coast of Corfu, and took 241 migrants on board.

But the survivors said around 20 people were missing after falling into the sea when the migrant ship began taking on water following an engine breakdown.
Port police said the ship was bound for Italy when it began taking on water.

Police said the migrants taken on board the Momentum, which was due in Corfu later Sunday, said they were from Afghanistan.

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