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Migrant Ship Sinks Off Corfu, 22 Reported Missing

A ship carrying a reported 263 migrants has sunk off the coast of the Greek island of Corfu, and 22 passengers are missing.

Coast guards say they were alerted on January 15 by a passenger saying that the boat was in danger, but high winds prevented rescue boats immediately taking to the water.

The passengers in the ship were rescued by a cargo ship hours after the call.

Greek radio said several ships, Coast Guard patrol boats, and aircraft were searching for the missing.

Greece has become a main gateway for refugees seeking to enter Europe.

compiled from agency reports