Migrant dies after speedboat partially sinks near Greek island of Rhodes

Firefighters retrieve the body of a migrant from the beach after the boat partially sank near the Greek island of Rhodes.
Firefighters retrieve the body of a migrant from the beach after the boat partially sank near the Greek island of Rhodes. Copyright Argyris Mantikos/Eurokinissi via AP
By Euronews with AP
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A speedboat suspected of smuggling migrants partially sank near the Aegean island of Rhodes on Monday, according to the Hellenic Coast Guard. One person died, while thirteen others were found safe at the shore.

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One person has died after a speedboat that appeared to be smuggling migrants partially sank near the Greek island of Rhodes, the Hellenic Coast Guard said on Monday morning.

Thirteen people who had been on board were found safe on the nearby shore, while the body of one man was recovered.

The survivors have told authorities that there were 14 people on board the speedboat, but patrol boats are continuing to search for "any endangered persons".

Three patrol boats, a fishing vessel, and a team of divers were involved in the initial operation near the Turkish coast.

Greece remains one of the most popular routes into the European Union for people fleeing conflict and poverty in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.

Turkey has accused Greece of large-scale "pushbacks" of migrants and international rights groups have called repeatedly for investigations.

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