Saturday, September 12, 2015

Four children missing after migrants' boat capsizes off Greece

Four children are missing after a dinghy carrying migrants capsized off the Greek island of Samos, the Athens News Agency reported on Saturday.

The coastguard located and rescued 24 people from the vessel in the eastern Aegean Sea early on Saturday.

But they said five people were missing, four of them children, and a search and rescue effort is under way, the agency reported.

This new incident comes more than a week after international public opinion was appalled by the bleak image of a Syrian toddler, Aylan, lying face down on a Turkish beach.

The boy drowned along with his mother and brother when their boat capsized on a short run from Turkey to the Greek island of Kos and hopes of a new life in Europe.

The International Organisation for Migration has said over 430,000 migrants and refugees had crossed the Mediterranean to Europe so far in 2015, with 2,748 dying or going missing en route.

Greece's minister in charge of shipping, Christos Zois, said on Friday that the situation in Lesbos, the Greek island struggling with a huge influx of migrants "is getting normalized".

He added that 22,500 migrants and refugees were taken to Athens this week.


1 comment :

  1. 28 drown off Greece when migrant boat capsizes...

    At least 28 people seeking a better life in Europe drowned Sunday as they attempted a wind-swept sea crossing from Turkey to Greece, while a record number of asylum seekers reached Hungary's border with Serbia just two days before the government vows to make its southern frontier more difficult to cross.

    Greece's coast guard said the 28, including four infants and 10 older children, died when their wooden boat containing more than 125 people capsized near Farmakonissi. The island lies midway between Samos and Kos, two of the favoured targets for smugglers sending thousands of migrants and refugees daily to Greek islands off Turkey's coast.

    Officials said 68 others were rescued while 30 more swam to the barely populated island. Coast guard officials said the boat may have been toppled in part because of wind gusts exceeding 50


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