Rescue Operation Continues to Locate Survivors from Migrant Boat Shipwreck off Greek Island of Paxi

January 13, 2020

KERKYRA. A rescue operation continued on Monday to locate refugees and migrants that were on a vessel that sank on Saturday morning, 13 nautical miles southwest of the island of Paxi in the Ionian Sea.

According to Athens-Macedonian News Agency sources, the 21 people rescued from the shipwreck – 10 from Afghanistan, two from Syria, four from Pakistan, two from Iran, two from Iraq and one from Somalia – were sent to Preveza are in good health.

The bodies of another 12 persons that died when the ship went down have not yet been identified, while there are no children among the recovered dead and those rescued.

According to the testimonies of survivors, there were approximately 50 people on the boat.

Two coast guard vessels assisted by a helicopter were participating in the search and rescue operation on Monday but the sunken vessel, which sank with many people still inside, had not been located.

A preliminary investigation was underway but authorities were only able to verify that the vessel was bound for Italy, while neither its point of departure nor the manner in which the migrants and refugees were taken there had been officially ascertained.


ATHENS – The cost of letting vehicles onto the Attiki Odos Ring Road surrounding the Greek capital during a snow storm – which saw some 3,500 motorists stuck for hours or overnight in freezing temperatures – will be a 2,000-euro ($2266) payment to each of them.

Top Stories


ASTORIA – The Pancyprian Choir of NY held its first meeting of 2022 and shared best wishes for the New Year with their annual cutting of the traditional vasilopita at Dionysos Taverna in Astoria on January 24.


BRONX, NY – In a festive atmosphere, the traditional cutting of the vasilopita was held by the Northern Chios Society of Pelineon Agia Markella in the community hall of Zoodohos Peghe Greek Orthodox Church in the Bronx on January 23.


ATHENS – A major snow storm that had been predicted for days still caught residents in Greece offguard and the New Democracy government scrambling for answers as to why motorists were stuck for hours on major roads.


Human Chain Formed to Help After Pittsburgh Bridge Collapse

PITTSBURGH — A 50-year-old bridge spanning a ravine collapsed in Pittsburgh early Friday, requiring rescuers to rappel nearly 150 feet (46 meters) while others formed a human chain to reach occupants of a dangling bus.

Enter your email address to subscribe

Provide your email address to subscribe. For e.g. abc@xyz.com

You may unsubscribe at any time using the link in our newsletter.