At least 12 dead in migrant boat sinking: Greek coastguard

Migrants help each other to leave a boat as they arrive on a dinghy at the southeastern island of Kos, Greece. (File photo: AP)

At least 12 people died Saturday when a boat loaded with asylum-seekers sank in the Ionian Sea, the Greek coastguard said.

"So far 12 bodies have been recovered. The search and rescue operation continues," the coastguard said.

The boat, with around 50 people on board, took on water near the island of Paxi during an apparent attempt to reach Italy.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:57 - GMT 06:57