32 survivors of migrant drowning tragedy arrive in Piraeus 



The yacht in which the tragedy occured is removed from the sea by coastguard officials on Samos (Photo: AFP)


Remains of 12 unidentified victims of Samos sinking also taken to Athens

Updated At: 15:52 Monday 5 May 2014
Author: Damian Mac Con Uladh

22 bodies have been recovered as coastguard vessels, fishing boats and two search and rescue helicopters comb the area for more survivors


The 32 survivors of last week's migrant boat disaster off the coast of Samos, in which 22 people drowned and another seven remain missing, arrived in Piraeus on Monday morning, on the European Express ferry.

Among the survivors of last Monday's disaster, caused when a 10m yacht and a dinghy carrying undocumented migrants capsized, are seven Syrian nationals, 24 Somalis and a woman from Eritrea.

Also on board the European Express were the remains of 12 of the 22 victims recovered from the capsized boat that the authorities have not been able to identify. Ten victims were identified and buried on Samos. The victims included four children and a pregnant woman.

Representatives of Syriza's human rights group held a rally at the port to coincide with the arrival of the survivors.

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