Greece migrant boat disaster infographic
Graphic shows location of the shipwreck and details of refugees and migrants arriving in Europe via the Mediterranean Sea.


Hundreds dead in migrant boat disaster

By Jordi Bou

June 15, 2023 - Hundreds of people are feared dead after a fishing vessel carrying migrants from North Africa to Italy capsized and sank off Greece, in one of the most deadly accidents to occur in the Mediterranean.

The fishing vessel, which was about 25 to 30 metres long, went down about 80km south-west of Pylos on Wednesday morning, according to the Greek coastguard, which said that at least 78 people have died and more than 100 have been rescued.

The death toll is expected to increase, with the UN’s International Organization for Migration tweeting that initial reports suggested up to 400 people were on the boat. Survivors said more than 100 children were in the ship’s hold.

More than 70,000 refugees and migrants have arrived in Europe’s frontline countries this year, with the majority landing in Italy, according to UN data.

PUBLISHED: 15/06/2023; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Hellenic Coast Guard