Bangladeshi evacuees from Libya drown in Greek waters

March 6, 2011 12:57

ATHENS - At least three Bangladeshi evacuees from insurrection-hit Libya died in Greek waters while trying to swim to shore from a ship already moored in port, the Greek coastguard said on Sunday.

The incident happened in Souda port on the island of Crete. Two of the victims drowned while the third died from hypothermia. A further 16 people were missing.

About 50 evacuees used a rope to descend from the ship which had already moored at the port to enter Greece illegally, the Civil Protection ministry said in a statement.

The victims, all from Bangladesh, probably tried to avoid being sent back to their home country, according to a coastguard official.

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