At least 12 people were killed, four of them children, and an undetermined number of disappeared was the tragic result today after the shipwreck of a small boat on the west coast of Greece, in the Ionian Sea.
Another 15 immigrants managed to reach safety and notify the authorities the place of the accident, between the island of Lefkada and the mainland village of Paleros, according to a police spokesman.
The mobilization of the coast guard was capable of rescuing 12 bodies near the place where the boat was overturned, continuing the work of searching for other victims in a wide surrounding area.
So far, the number of passengers the eight-feet-long vessel transported, their nationalities, and the port is not known.
Coast guard divers recovered the bodies of four children and eight adults after survivors alerted authorities, the Merchant Marine Ministry said. The migrants were presumed to have been headed to nearby Italy from the western Greek mainland.
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Costa Concordia captain Francesco Schettino is accused of abandoning the sinking ship before all passengers were evacuated
Captain of the doomed Cost Concordia, Francesco Schettino, was accused earlier this week of abandoning the ship before all passengers had been evacuated.
An Italian court heard how he did not fall off the cruise liner into a lifeboat as he claims, but instead jumped to safety when the ship was sinking.
Mr Schettino is currently on trial for manslaughter and abandoning ship after the cruise ship hit rocks off the coast of Giglio resulting in 32 deaths.
Trainee officer Stefano Iannelli, who was on board the ship at the time, told the hearing: “We found a lifeboat. I jumped on. Schettino had jumped on just before me.”
However, Mr Schettino has insisted he fell into the lifeboat after slipping off the Costa Concordia.
“We had formed a human chain so as not to slip,” Mr Iannelli told the court.
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