Greek Coast Guard Hunts for Missing Greek-American Off Chios

Greek-American Platon Kavafis with his son, Giannis. Photo: Facebook.

A search continued Aug. 21 off the Oinousses chain of islands near Chios in the eastern Aegean by Greece’s Coast Guard, looking for Giannis Kavafis a 22-year-old Greek-American missing after a boat capsized and the body of his 68-year-old father (Platon Kavafis) was found, while two others, the missing man’s sister, Aspasia, 24, and a family friend (Giannis Politakis) were rescued.

The woman was found by a fishing boat about 2 a.m. on the morning of Aug. 18 and said she had been in the waters since the day before when the boat began taking on water near Chios and sank. The other survivor was found by a port authority boat.

Three port authorities boats, a ship of the Greek Navy, three private boats and two helicopters of the Greek Air Force joined in the search effort. The two rescued Greek-Americans were transferred to the hospital in Chios.

The Coast Guard said that, “A wide search and rescue operation was conducted for missing persons after the sinking of a fishing vessel south of Oinousse, Chios.

The Rescue Coordination Center launched a large search and rescue operation to find the three missing people, rescuing two, media reports from the state ANA news agency said.

A preliminary investigation was carried out by the Chios Central Port Authority and no incident of marine pollution was observed, officials said.

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