14 migrants killed as boat sinks off Greek coast

ANI | Updated: Mar 17, 2018 17:47 IST

Athens [Greece], Mar. 17 (ANI): At least fourteen migrants were killed on Saturday after the sinking of a suspected people-smuggling boat, off a Greek island in the eastern Aegean region, Greece's coastguard confirmed.

A large search and rescue operation was underway involving three aircrafts, Greek navy and coast guard vessels, a vessel from the European border agency Frontex, and private boats.

Initially, the bodies of four children, one man and one woman were recovered off the island of Agathonisi, south of the island of Samos, according to The Washington Post.

Eight more bodies were recovered a short time later southeast of Agathonisi, the coast guard said.

Three people - two women and a man - managed to reach the coast and alert authorities. (ANI)