Twelve mi­grants miss­ing in east­ern Aegean

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Greek coast guard of­fi­cials were late yes­ter­day seek­ing 12 im­mi­grants – nine women and three chil­dren – who fell into the sea off the east­ern Aegean is­land of Far­makon­isi af­ter their ves­sel cap­sized.

Ac­cord­ing to au­thor­i­ties, the im­mi­grant ves­sel was spot­ted 1.5 nau­ti­cal miles from Far­makon­isi by a pa­trol boat that tried to tow it to the Dode­canese islet. The boat al­legedly cap­sized af­ter two im­mi­grants jumped into the sea for un­known rea­sons.

Coast guard of­fi­cers were able to res­cue 16 peo­ple who were later taken to the is­land of Leros. The mi­grants are be­lieved to be from So­ma­lia and Syria.

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