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11 migrants die, 92 rescued when boat capsizes off Antikythera

A total of 92 migrants who were trapped on the islet of Prassonisi, north of Antikythera, were rescued on Friday. Another 11 people died when the boat ran aground and their bodies were retrieved from the sea by the Greek Coast Guard.

The migrants were on a sailing boat that ran aground, with an unknown number of people on board, on Thursday night.

The survivors (52 men, 11 women and 27 minors) were collected by a coast guard vessel while a Search And Rescue operation for missing persons is continuing.

According to initial information, the migrants called the EU emergency number 112 on Thursday, saying that about 100 persons were on board a vessel in distress.

The sailing boat appears to have set sail from the Turkish coast bound for Italy.

In a similar incident south of Peloponnese, a total of 92 migrants were rescued when the boat they were on had a mechanical failure.

The incident occurred south of Mani.

Two human traffickers were arrested.

Also this boat had left the Turkish coast and was heading to Italy.

There has been an increased flow of migrants allegedly heading from Turkey to Italy in recent days, in a shipwreck on December 22, dozens of people are believed to have died when their boat sank in the sea off the island of Folegandros in the central Aegean Sea.

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