Greek media reported that the search for survivors and missing persons from a boat sinking carrying large numbers of asylum seekers off the coast of the country will stop Sunday due to fading hopes of finding new survivors.
The Greek Ministry of Navigation said that one of the Egyptian detainees confessed to his participation in organizing the trip that caused the boat to sink, while the same source reported that 7 other Egyptian detainees denied their belonging to the secret immigration network that organized this trip.
The Greek Coast Guard administration defended its management of this crisis, which has been described as the second worst drowning accident in the Mediterranean region.
For its part, the International Organization for Migration and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees called on the European Union to take urgent and firm measures to reduce the increase in deaths resulting from drowning accidents in the Mediterranean.
The Greek authorities had announced the death of dozens of irregular migrants after a boat carrying them sank off the coast of the Mora peninsula.
According to witnesses, between 400 and 750 people were crammed into a fishing boat that sank early Wednesday morning, about 80 km from the coastal town of Pylos, in southern Greece.
Greek authorities stated that more than 100 people have been rescued and taken to the port of Kalamata, while the search for the missing continues.