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3 die after fleeing Libya

2011-03-06 14:21

Athens - Greek authorities say three people have died and another 28 have been hospitalised on the southern island of Crete after they were found on a beach near where two ships carrying migrant workers evacuated from Libya recently arrived.

The Merchant Marine Ministry says authorities were checking whether the 31 men, mainly from Bangladesh, had jumped overboard from two ships that docked earlier Sunday in Crete with a total of about 2 000 evacuees evacuated from Libya, in an attempt to avoid being transferred home.

Ships have been ferrying thousands of evacuees from Libya to Crete in recent days.

The ministry said Coast Guard authorities called to a beach near Souda Bay found the 31 men, all drenched. Three were dead, while many of the others were suffering from hypothermia.