Dozens of missing migrants after the shipwreck of a boat in the Aegean

MADRID, Aug. 10 (.) –

The Greek Coast Guard has launched a search operation in the waters south of the island of Rhodes, in the Aegean Sea, after the sinking of a boat with migrants and refugees on board and the supposed disappearance of dozens of people, according to the testimony of survivors.

Emergency services have recovered 29 of these migrants alive, while an undetermined number of people are unaccounted for. Initially, the authorities pointed out that about 60 migrants were traveling on the boat, although a spokesman for the coast guard quoted by the ERT chain, Nikos Kokkalas, has indicated that there would be about 80 passengers.

The boat, sunk in international waters 38 miles from Rhodes, was 15 meters long and had a cabin. Kokkala has warned that she was not prepared to house so many people and that the rescued survivors did not have any type of equipment for emergency situations such as the one that has finally occurred.

More than a thousand migrants and refugees have lost their lives so far this year in the Mediterranean, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), which estimates at least 64 victims in the eastern part of this sea, in the waters connecting with countries like Greece and Cyprus.

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