Hundreds of people are missing after a boat disaster in Greece that killed 79 lives.

Greece has been a key entrance point for refugees and migrants entering the European Union from a variety of different regions. Tighter controls at migrant camps have led to an increase in the number of migrants taking longer and riskier maritime crossings from Turkey to Italy via Greece. Following the incident, Greece’s interim government proclaimed three days of national mourning. The boat was leaving the Libyan city of Tobruk, which is located south of the Greek island of Crete, on its way to Italy.

One of Europe’s biggest shipping disasters resulted in at least 79 migrants drowning and hundreds more are presumed dead or missing when their overloaded boat collapsed and sank in open waters off Greece.

After their fishing boat capsized off the coast of southern Greece, at least 78 people have died and more than 100 have been saved. Up to 100 children may have been trapped in the hold of a fishing boat loaded with migrants when it capsized off the coast of Greece.

However, survivors claim the boat may have been crammed with up to 750 passengers.
According to the Greek coastguard, the boat went down about 02:04 on Wednesday morning local time about 80 kilometres south-west of Pylos.

The area surrounding the shipwreck, which is the deadliest off the coast of Greece this year, has undergone a significant search and rescue operation.
The boat capsized overnight in international waters, according to authorities, and 104 people have been saved to date.

After being rescued around 46 miles southwest of the southern Peloponnese region of Greece, 25 survivors were sent to the hospital with hypothermia symptoms. The survivors were transported to the nearby Greek port of Kalamata, where they were given temporary refuge and medical care. According to the Greek coast guard, 79 dead have been found thus far. According to the report, among the survivors were 30 Egyptians, 10 Pakistanis, 35 Syrians, and 2 Palestinians.

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