Tragedy in Mykonos: 8 people are missing, including three children

The search and rescue operation at sea south of Mykonos continues for the second day after eight passengers, incl. three children aboard a shipwrecked migrant sailboat have gone missing.

According to local media, the age of the missing is 3, 8, 15, 23, 24, 25, 27 and 50 years old.

The search and rescue operation, which continues for the second day, has not yet brought positive results.

On the night from Saturday to Sunday, a sailing yacht with 116 people on board ran into the rocks of the small island of Agios Georgios. At this time, a gale force of 6 to 7 on the Beaufort scale was blowing on the sea.

According to local media reports, people on the ship called the Coast Guard’s emergency number and asked for help. According to them, the yacht they are on board has lost control, the hull is leaking, the engine is out of order, and they are being carried to the rocks.

Coast Guard vessels and private boats rushed to help yacht passengers when the sailboat broke into two parts and most of those on board were in the water.

The Coast Guard and private boats that arrived in the area rescued a total of 108 people – mostly Afghans, Syrians and Egyptians. Among them are 21 children, 24 women and 63 men. None of them were wearing life jackets.

According to the message mykonosvoice, the survivors were met at the port and immediately provided the necessary assistance. They were given blankets, water and food, and the three wounded were taken to the Mykonos Medical Center.

Among the rescued were six smugglers who contracted to transport illegal migrants from Turkey to Italy. It is reported that the carriers – 3 Afghans, 2 Syrians and 1 Egyptian – were arrested by the port authorities of Mykonos and taken to the prosecutor’s office on the island of Syros on Monday.

On Monday, June 20, shipwrecked illegal immigrants were taken from the island of Mykonos to the Amygdaleza refugee center, near Athens. One of them was taken by ambulance helicopter to a hospital in Athens.

It is reported that on Sunday June 19, another sailboat with 56 migrants on board was washed ashore on the island of Rhodes. A rescue operation has been launched to get people to safety.

These two incidents have again caused Turkey to attack Greece on the issue of migrants. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Greece of “killing women and children in the Aegean.”

PS It is noteworthy that the Turkish Coast Guard complained that Greece does not let migrants into Italy. For some reason, Turkey decided not to ask whether they need illegal immigrants or not. Some kind of Italy there, what to ask her …

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