Friday 30 September 2016

11 people die as migrant boat sinks off Greek island

Published 28/01/2016 | 09:08

A Syrian woman carry her child on a wheelchair after they disembarked from a Ferry at the Athens' main port of Piraeus, early Wednesday, Jan 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
A Syrian woman carry her child on a wheelchair after they disembarked from a Ferry at the Athens' main port of Piraeus, early Wednesday, Jan 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

At least 11 people, most of them children, have died after a migrant boat sank off an eastern Greek island, the country's coast guard said.

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The coast guard and vessels from the European border patrol agency Frontex carried out a search and rescue operation off the island of Samos.

Ten people were rescued, while 11 bodies - those of four boys, three girls, three men and one woman - were recovered.

The sinking is the second in two days. Another boat sank off the island of Kos on Wednesday, leaving seven dead, including two children.

Greece, with thousands of miles of coastline and islands close to the Turkish coast, is the main gateway into Europe for refugees and migrants.

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