The boat is located off the Cycladic island of Milos, the Greek coastguard said. They added that three of his ships as well as a private boat, a Navy helicopter and an Air Force helicopter were assisting in the rescue operation. The circumstances of the accident were not immediately known and there were no immediate details of the type of vessel involved.
Shortly after breaking news of the ship’s critical situation, the Greek Coast Guard said the ship’s 18 passengers had been rescued.
They were now taken ashore.
A coast guard spokeswoman said “as far as we know” all those involved are Greek and are in “healthy” condition.
Earlier, the coast guard said the incident involved a 28 to 30-meter vessel that sank about 16 miles northwest of Milos Island, with authorities being alerted around 10:30 a.m. local time.
Milos is the most southwestern island of the Cyclades group and is known for its exotic beaches and colorful landscapes.
Earlier reports indicated that there were 17 passengers on the boat.
It comes as Greece tackles major forest fires that have raged across the country for weeks.
Thousands of people have been evacuated from villages in Greece, as fires continue to ravage the country.
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