Two rescued from Kafireas shipwreck arrested on suspicion of smuggling illegal immigrants

Two men believed to be responsible for the boat crash that killed 22 at Cape Kafireas, between Evia and Andros, were arrested by the Karystos Port Authority on Thursday.

According to 12 survivors, the boat with 68 migrants capsized and sank on the night of Monday to Tuesday. A total of 22 bodies have since been retrieved from the sea. The survivors also included two of those arrested who acted as the captain of the sailing vessel and his assistant, authorities said.

They are charged with violations of articles 187 and 277 of the Greek Criminal Code: the creation of a criminal organization and the intentional infliction of a shipwreck, as well as “trafficking in people” – this is how smuggling of illegal immigrants is called in Greek law. If their guilt is proven, each of them faces at least 300 years in prison.

Meanwhile, four Coast Guard ships, including the crew of a Greek Navy submarine and commercial ships in the vicinity, continue their search and rescue operation.

Fragment of the rescue operation at Cape Karifias

The sailing ship left the Turkish Smyrna (Izmir) on Sunday and ran into the island of Faros (Lighthouse) during a night storm.

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