Cargo Ship Sends Distress Signal Near Corfu

Incidents | December 30, 2014, Tuesday // 17:21|  views

The cargo ship Blue Sky M in the Marmara Sea on 12 July 2013. Photo: EPA

A cargo ship, believed to be transporting illegal migrants sent a distress signal near the Greek island of Corfu on Tuesday.

According to Greek media, the ship in distress is the Blue Sky M and the signal was issued due to the presence of armed men on board, the BBC reports.

The Greek navy has sent a frigate, coastguard vessel and helicopters south of the small island of Othonoi.

Blue Sky M is sailing under Moldovan flag and is believed to be carrying hundreds of illegal migrants.

This incident comes two days after the ferry Norman Atlantic went on fire in the same region, leaving ten people dead.

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