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ATHENS, GREECE – Greece’s coast guard said Saturday the bodies of 16 people were recovered from the sea off a Greek island in the eastern Aegean following the sinking of a suspected migrant smuggling boat.
A massive search and rescue operation was underway to locate about a dozen more people believed missing.
The bodies of four children, one man and one woman were recovered off the island of Agathonisi, south of the island of Samos, the coast guard said. Three people, two women and a man, managed to reach the coast and alert authorities.
The three told authorities they had been in a wooden boat that sank with an estimated 21 people on board. The reasons for the sinking were not immediately clear, and authorities said the total number of people who had been on board was also not clear.
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On This Day
- 1844: King Otto took an oath of allegiance to the new constitution of Greece which was published in the Government's Annals.
- 1863: The Second National Assembly of Greece offered the throne to Prince George of Denmark.
- 1913: King George I was assassinated in Thessaloniki by Alexandros Schinas.Crown Prince Constantine ascended to the throne.
- Births: Yiannis Markopoulos, composer (1939), Temuri Ketsbaia, football player and coach (1968)
- Deaths: King George I, King of the Hellenes (1913), Eleftherios Venizelos, politician (1936), Odysseus Elytis, Nobel prize winning poet, (1996)
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Footage shows rescue personnel airlifting child as people wait next to partially deflated rubber dinghy on Aegean coast