Migrant boat sinks, 50 dead: rescue operation intensified

Air and sea rescue operations are under way after a migrant boat capsized in Greece’s Aegean Sea, with around 50 people missing, the Greek Coast Guard said.

The boat, which had left Antalya in southern Turkey on its way to Italy on Tuesday, reportedly capsized in the early hours of the morning off the islands of Karpathos and Rhodes.

A Greek Coast Guard press office official said the 29 people rescued from the boat said there were about 80 people on board, with up to 50 missing.

But the number of people on the boat was between 30 and 60, according to state broadcaster ERT.

In this case, it was reported that four ships, two Coast Guard patrol boats and a Greek Air Force helicopter were involved in the rescue operation.

Strong winds of up to 50 kilometers per hour (30 mph) were reported to hamper the operation. Many of the victims were not wearing life jackets, officials said.

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