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One ​​of the crew members was rescued by a navy helicopter and transported to the hospital in Lesbos.

Agence France-Presse

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A vast rescue operation is underway in Greece on Sunday to try to rescue 13 members of the crew of a cargo ship which sank off the coast of the island of Lesvos, in an area swept by strong winds.

Fourteen people were on board the RAPTOR, a 106-meter-long freighter flying the flag of the Comoros, when it reported mechanical damage to 7 hours before activating the distress signal about an hour later and disappearing from radar, according to authorities.

Despite the strong winds in the area, one of the crew members was able to be rescued by a navy helicopter and transported to the #x27;Lesvos hospital. He is in a state of shock, Coast Guard spokesperson Nikos Alexiou told AFP, without giving further details.

The fate of the remaining 13 crew members is unknown at this stage.

The rescue operation mobilizes five boats, three coast guard vessels, two helicopters from the navy and the army of the army. air as well as a navy frigate.

According to authorities, the RAPTOR was carrying cargoes of salt and had departed from the port of Dekheilan, Egypt, with Istanbul as its final destination. This ship built in 1984 sank about 4.5 nautical miles (8.3 km) southwest of the island of Lesbos, according to authorities.

The crew included two Syrians, one Indian and eleven Egyptians, according to the Greek news agency ANA, citing the Lebanon-based company that operates the cargo ship. A previous press release from the coast guard had reported four Indians and eight Egyptians.

According to the ANA agency, water massively infiltrated the RAPTOR due to very strong waves, while the freighter was already ballasted by its heavy cargo, causing its sinking.

In several parts of Greece, boats remained docked this weekend due to strong winds reaching 9-10 on the scale de Beaufort, which goes up to 12.

For this weekend, the Greek meteorological services had issued an alert which was raised on Saturday to reach the level of dangerous climatic phenomenon as the storm Oliver, also called Bettina , is moving from the Adriatic Sea towards Greece.

Mid-November, strong winds in Greece damaged a warship that had been used during the resistance to the junta in power, from 1967 to 1974.

In recent months, the country has also been hit by extreme climatic phenomena, floods and a series of storms.

At the beginning of September, Greece and in particular Thessaly, an agricultural region in the center of the country, were thus preyed torrential rains carried by storm Daniel, which killed 17 people and tens of thousands of animals, and destroyed entire villages.

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