27 Aug 2020
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ATHENS, Greece (AP) – The Greek coast guard said a search and rescue operation was continuing on Thursday, two days after a yacht that was carrying nearly 100 migrants in the eastern sea sank partially Aegean, to locate a father and his child. faded away.
A total of 96 people were rescued during the vast operation which took place mainly after dark on Tuesday evening, snatched from the sea by nearby helicopters, patrol boats and merchant ships after the yacht partially sunk 21 nautical miles (31 kilometers, 24 miles) west of the small Greek island of Halki.
Of those rescued, 72 were transported to Rhodes, five to the island of Karpathos and 19 were recovered aboard a freighter by the Turkish coast guard.
The Greek Coast Guard said on Thursday that a family member had reported that the father and child were not among those rescued. No information was immediately available on their nationality or the child’s age.
The Coast Guard also said it arrested a 41-year-old man as an alleged smuggler, bringing the number of people rescued from the wreckage who were arrested on suspicion of being the smugglers to four. transporting migrants.
Thousands of people continue to make their way to the Greek islands from the neighboring Turkish coast, paying smugglers to transport them in rubber dinghies or other often overcrowded and unseaworthy vessels.