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Dozens missing after migrant boat sinks off Greek island 

Dozens missing after migrant boat sinks off Greek island

Greek authorities have announced that they are looking for up to 50 missing people after a boat with migrants sank overnight.

The coast guard said on Wednesday that 29 people, all men, had been rescued southeast of Karpathos, a southeastern island between Rhodes and Crete.

Those rescued were from Afghanistan, Iraq and Iran. They told authorities there were about 60 to 80 people on board the ship when it went down in the Aegean Sea.

Rescuers also said the ship had left the Antalya area on Turkey's southern coast and was heading for Italy when it crashed overnight.

Two coast guard patrol vessels, a Greek navy ship, an air force helicopter and at least three vessels sailing nearby were taking part in search and rescue efforts despite strong winds, a coast guard spokesman added.