Migrant boat which sank off Crete set sail from Egypt - survivors

State broadcaster ERT carried unsourced accounts the vessel was carrying anything between 500 and 700 people.

Migrants, who are part of a group intercepted aboard a makeshift boat off the coast in the Mediterranean sea, stand on a rescue boat upon arriving at a port in Malaga, southern Spain, May 19, 2016.

On Friday, Greek authorities said 340 people were rescued and nine bodies were recovered about 75 nautical miles off southern Crete, in territory which falls under Egypt's search and rescue jurisdiction.

More and more people are trying to cross to Italy from the African coastline in recent weeks as the weather improves, particularly from Libya, where people-traffickers operate with relative impunity.

Friday's incident was the third in a week involving migrant rescues or landings near Crete, Greece's southernmost island north of Libya and Egypt.

A group of 113 mostly Afghan migrants who landed on a beach in Crete this week had set off from Turkey.


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