Migrant ship issues distress call

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Published: Tuesday 30th December 2014 by The News Editor

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A cargo ship believed to be carrying hundreds of migrants has issued a distress call in bad weather north-west of the Ionian island of Corfu, Greek authorities said.

Officials said a Greek frigate and a navy helicopter were heading to the area. The ship is believed to be carrying about 600 migrants.

The call comes two days after a Greek passenger ferry caught fire in the same area, leading to a massive rescue operation by Italian and Greek coastguard and military officials.

At least 10 people died in that incident, while more than 400 were rescued. Authorities are still searching for potential missing passengers from the Norman Atlantic ferry.

Published: Tuesday 30th December 2014 by The News Editor

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