Pylos shipwreck survivors file lawsuit against authorities


Survivors of a tragic migrant shipwreck near Pylos in southern Greece in June, which claimed the lives of hundreds, have filed a lawsuit against the Greek authorities. They allege that the authorities failed in their duty to safeguard the lives of those aboard the vessel.

The fishing trawler, already dangerously overcrowded with an estimated 400-750 people from Pakistan, Syria, and Egypt, sank in international waters off Greece while en route from Libya to Italy, reported Ekathimerini.

During a portion of its journey, the Greek coast guard had been monitoring the vessel.

Survivors of a tragic migrant shipwreck near Pylos to file law suit against authorities. Photo: Ekathimerini.

Regrettably, only 104 individuals, all male, were rescued from the sea, while 82 deceased bodies, with only one identified as female, were retrieved.

Tragically, the remaining passengers, including women and children, were lost in one of the deepest areas of the Mediterranean, where depths reach around 4,000 meters, making any recovery of the vessel or victims nearly impossible.

A comprehensive judicial inquiry into the circumstances of the tragedy is currently underway and may span over a year before completion.

Read more: At least 79 dead and hundreds feared missing after migrant boat sinks off Greece

Source: Ekathimerini




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