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22 missing as ship sinks off Corfu

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

Coastguards said they were alerted on Saturday night by a passenger on the Hasan Reis saying that the boat was in danger, but high winds prevented rescue boats immediately taking to the water.

Passengers were rescued by a Dutch cargo ship about seven hours after the call that alerted the coastguard. The ship's captain reported he took 241 people on board and that the Italy-bound Hasan Reis sank.

Authorities say they are waiting for the cargo ship's imminent arrival at Corfu harbour. A helicopter search has found no survivors at sea.

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