The 63 rescued migrants who were collected from the sea area northwest of Paros are temporarily housed in a hospitality structure of Paros with the care of the relevant municipality, when the sailing boat they were on overturned for an unknown reason, killing at least 16 people. Some of the rescued migrants were taken to the Paros Health Center where they were given first aid.
According to the testimonies of the rescued, about 80 people were aboard the sailboat that has been towed to Naoussa, Paros. Investigations in the sea area where the tragic event took place are being continued by sea and air to locate any missing persons.
According to all indications, the sailboat in question had sailed from the coast of Turkey to Italy.
It should be noted that this is the third incident of search and rescue in the Aegean during the last three days, in which traffickers from Turkey are involved who are transporting people illegally.
The Minister of Shipping and Island Policy, Giannis Plakiotakis, expressed his deepest regret for the loss of those who lost their lives, adding that “Greece will continue to save lives that others are endangering in the Aegean and the Eastern Mediterranean.”
In 2021 in total, more than 1,450 search and rescue operations have been carried out and more than 29,000 people have been rescued.