The Greek coast guard has announced that the death toll from a capsized fishing boat carrying migrants off the coast of southern Greece has reached 78.
The tragic incident occurred during the night when the boat, believed to be transporting up to 400 people from near the Libyan port of Tobruk to Italy, capsized in strong winds approximately 75 kilometers (46 miles) southwest of Greece’s southern Peloponnese region.
In response to the incident, a large-scale search and rescue operation was launched, and as of Wednesday morning, 104 individuals have been confirmed rescued.
They have been taken to the Greek town of Kalamata, where they are receiving assistance, including dry clothes and medical attention, at shelters established by ambulance services and the United Nations Refugee Agency.
The rescue efforts are ongoing, with authorities continuing their efforts to locate any remaining survivors or victims.