The sinking of a migrant boat off the coast of Greece may have been the deadliest of modern times.
An undetermined amount of people numbering in the hundreds remained missing and were likely killed when the migrant vessel sank earlier this week.
“We don’t have all information yet on what has happened but it seems like this is the worst ever tragedy we’ve seen in the Mediterranean,” EU Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson told a press conference in Brussels on Friday.
Members of a family of a missing person search for informations after shipwreck survivors transferred to a Greek migrant camp in Malakasa, near Athens, on June 16, 2023. Greek rescuers on June 16, 2023, scanned the Ionian Sea by air and boat for survivors of a migrant boat sinking, as hope faded of finding more people alive two days after the disaster. On June 14, a fishing boat overloaded with migrants capsized and sank, killing at least 78 people, off the Peloponnese. Some 104 people had been found alive. ( (Photo by Angelos Tzortzinis / AFP) (Photo by ANGELOS TZORTZINIS/AFP via Getty Images))
“They are not sending them to Europe, they are sending them to death,” said Johansson. “This is what they’re doing, and it’s absolutely necessary to prevent it.”
Rescue services have saved over 100 passengers and recovered approximately 79 bodies thus far.