December 30, 2014 / 11:50 AM / 5 years ago

Migrant ship off Greece says armed people on board: reports

ATHENS (Reuters) - A cargo ship believed to be carrying hundreds of migrants near the Greek island of Corfu sent out a distress signal saying armed people were on board on Tuesday, Greek television reported.

Two Greek officials confirmed that a distress signal had been received from the Moldovan-flagged Blue Sky M but did not give further details on the message.

A Greek frigate, a coastguard vessel and a military helicopter were heading to the area, they added.

“We have information that it is carrying suspected migrants. It is sailing off Corfu,” a shipping ministry official said.

Greece’s SKAI television said as many as 700 people may be on board but other reports put the total at 400.

Reporting by Angeliki Koutantou; Editing by Andrew Heavens

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