New video of Greece migrant boat tragedy shows passengers clinging to wreckage

New footage has emerged of the moment a boat overloaded with migrants capsized in the Mediterranean.

The official death toll is 82 though hundreds more remain missing in what is seen as the worst sea disaster in years for the region.

Witness accounts say between 400 and 750 people had crammed onto the 25 metre fishing boat which capsized on June 14 some 50 miles from the Italian coastal town of Pylos.

Some 500 people are feared to have drowned. Medics treating the mostly male survivors gave accounts of women and children in the boat's hold. Unconfirmed reports say 100 of the passengers were children.

There were at least 209 Pakistani victims on board according to Pakistani authorities, based on information provided by families who came forward to say relatives were on board.

The number of survivors stands at 104, of whom 12 were Pakistanis.

Videos posted to TikTok taken by passengers on board who were unaware of the tragedy to come, show a relaxed atmosphere.

One video filmed by a vessel nearby shows the moment the boat capsizes, forcing passengers into the water.

MarineTraffic tracking data suggests the boat was stationary for at least seven hours before it capsized. The Greek coastguard has been accused of not intervening earlier but Greek authorities say their offers of help were refused.

Greek authorities have also denied the boat capsized after the coastguard attempted to tow it, claiming those on board did not want help.

Rescuers are continuing to search for survivors about 50 nautical miles off the south-west coast of Italy.

Nine people have been arrested on suspicion of trafficking and the UN has called for urgent action for preventative measures, including an investigation into Greece's handling of the tragedy.

Forty-year old Egyptian man arrested in Hounslow on suspicion of masterminding smuggling

Elsewhere, the National Crime Agency officers have arrested a 40-year-old Egyptian national suspected of masterminding the smuggling of thousands of people across the Mediterranean from north Africa into Italy.The man was detained in Hounslow, west London, at around 3pm yesterday afternoon [21 June].

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