Athens: Around 302 people have been rescued from a boat that capsized off the Greek island of Crete. Three bodies were recovered during the rescue operations, as per current reports.
The boat was carrying at least 700 migrants off the Greek island of Crete when it capsized on Friday.
Rescue operations are under way to save as many migrants and refugees.
Greek Coast Guard vessels, a navy airplane and a Super Puma helicopter were dispatched for the rescue mission.
The Italian Coast Guard was initially alerted about the incident, according to Athens officials, as the wooden vessel was sailing in international waters.
It is believed that the ship was on its way from North Africa to Italy.
Migrants and refugees crossing the Mediterranean to enter Europe has been going on for years now.
(Further details awaited)
First Published | 3 June 2016 3:43 PM
Web Title: Boat carrying 700 people on board capsizes off Greece; rescue operation under way
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