The Hellenic Coast Guard is actively researching the sea area at 12 nautical miles east of Crete, to locate possible missing people who were aboard a boat carrying an unknown number of immigrants and refugees, which sank yesterday, September 14, in the afternoon.

So far, 57 people have been rescued while the bodies of two children and a woman have been recovered so far. The three bodies and 19 of the survivors were transferred to the port of Sitia. It is not yet known where the sunken vessel was heading or where it came from.

The Minister of Shipping and Island Policy Giannis Plakiotakis, as soon as he was informed about the incident, went to the Joint Search and Rescue Coordination Center, where he ordered that all appropriate means be made available in the area for the rescue operation.