Migrant boat capsizes near Greece, killing 12

A migrant boat presumed to be heading for Italy has capsized in western Greece, killing 12 onboard, authorities said today.

Twelve migrants have been found dead after a boat capsized in western Greece, authorities said today. Credit: Google Maps

Fifteen others were rescued off the coast of Lefkada, an island in the Ionian Sea, and were taken to a hospital on the island for observation.

Coastguards are searching for more possible victims and survivors, the Merchant Marine Ministry said.

Ministry officials said the migrants were using a plastic boat which was about 25ft (8 metres) in length. It is not yet known where the boat began its journey.

This latest boat tragedy follows the deaths of at least 27 people in the Mediterranean sea last month - a week after more than 300 Africans lost their lives when their boat capsized near their destination of Lampedusa, Italy.