Greece: 7 people die in drowning of a sailboat carrying migrants

ATHENS, GREECE (AP) – Coast Guard divers searched the hull of a sunken sailboat on Friday who could be trapped after the ship ran off the coast of southern Greece and sank, killing at least seven people.

The Greek Coast Guard reported that 90 people were rescued overnight from a rocky island near the remote island of Antikythera, about 235 kilometers (145 miles) south of Athens.

Smugglers operating in Turkey have increasingly packed sailboats with migrants and refugees and sent them across the Mediterranean to Italy, avoiding the heavily patrolled Greek islands.

Greek police arrested three people accused of smuggling in a separate incident on Friday and detained 92 migrants after a hunt in the Peloponnese.

The search operation continued for the third day in the central Aegean, where a boat carrying migrants sank near the island of Folegandros. Thirteen people were rescued and survivors reported another 17 people missing. Authorities said the passengers were originally from Iraq. ___ Track AP Migration Records at

Associated Press

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