A large-scale Search And Rescue operation has been ongoing in the sea near Cape Kafireas between Evia and Andros on Tuesday after a sailing boat carrying migrants sank with an an unknown number of passengers onboard.
Nine people who managed to reach the rocky islet of Mandilos have been rescued by a coast guard board and taken to Karystos.
Video: migrants rescue
According to initial statements by the rescued migrants, a total of 68 people were on board when the sailing boat left the port of Izmir in the west coast of Turkey.
Due to very strong winds, the boat capsized, the migrants told authorities.
The SAR was launched when the Coast Guard was notified in the early hours of Tuesday (November 1) that an unidentified vessel with an unknown number of passengers was in distress.
However, the exact location of the vessel or any other detail that could determine its exact location was not initially stated.
Immediately, the SAR began with the participation of a helicopter and two ships sailing by, while the operation is carried out under adverse weather conditions, as in the area
Weather conditions in the area were and still are adverse on early Tuesday afternoon, with north winds blowing with intensity of 7-8 Beaufort and gusts up to 9 B.
UPDATE I: One man was rescued by a ship later on Tuesday, The number of rescued totals 10.
UPDATE II: Another man was rescued by a vessel in the sea near Cape Kafireas, on Wednesday, raising the number of rescued migrants to 11. The rescued are: 6 people from Egypt, 3 from Afghanistan and 2 from Iran, the Greek Coast Guard announced.
In a similar incident on Monday, in the sea area south of the island of Samos in the eastern Aegean Sea, a total of four migrants have been rescued, while another 8 are still missing.
Initially, a fishing boat located and rescued two foreigners, a man and a woman, who told authorities they were onboard an inflatable dinghy with another 10 people before it capsized.
Frontex, the EU border patrol, found and rescued another two.
They were taken to the hospital on Samos, while three patrols boats and a Frontex vessel are involved in the search and rescue.
Winds in the search area are blowing with intensity of 4 Beaufort.