Kythera: At least 18 migrants dead after the sinking of two boats in Greek waters | International

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At least 18 migrants have died and dozens are unaccounted for after two boats capsized during the night of Wednesday in Greek waters, according to local media reports.

Around 9:00 p.m. local time (one hour later in mainland Spain), a shipwreck took place one nautical mile from the port of the town of Diakofti, on the island of Cítera. The rescue operations of the Greek Coast Guard have been complicated by the winds, which have reached 100 kilometers per hour, according to the Kythera News portal. The Coast Guard, the Greek Police and local authorities have spotted the bodies of three people and 80 have been saved. The rescued people say that 95 migrants were traveling on the boat, so they are still looking for another 15 people.

The second shipwreck has taken place near the island of Lesbos after the sinking of a boat in which, according to initial information, some 40 migrants were on board. The authorities have so far counted the death of 15 people and have reported the rescue of nine, according to the newspaper Ethnos. The whereabouts of the other 16 people who were on board the boat are still being sought.

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