Saturday 29 April 2017

Four children among nine migrants drown after boat overturns off Greek coast

A beanie hat of a refugee child washed up on a Greek beach on November 16 Credit: Yannis Behrakis
A beanie hat of a refugee child washed up on a Greek beach on November 16 Credit: Yannis Behrakis
A pair of jeans from a refugee child is seen on a beach at the Greek island of Lesbos Credit: Yannis Behrakis

Angeliki Koutantou

At least nine people, including four children, drown in the eastern Aegean Sea after their overturned near the island of Kos, Greek authorities said.

Seven people were rescued and emergency crews are still trying to recover the bodies of the people who died from the capsized vessel, an official added.

“Crews are searching for between three and five more people listed as missing,” a spokesperson said.

More than 600,000 people fleeing Syria, Afghanistan and other war-torn countries have arrived in Greece from Turkey this year, risking the short but perilous sea crossing, often on inflatable rafts.

A Red Cross volunteer carries a Syrian refugee baby off an overcrowded raft at a beach on the Greek island of Lesbos Credit: Yannis Behrakis
A Red Cross volunteer carries a Syrian refugee baby off an overcrowded raft at a beach on the Greek island of Lesbos Credit: Yannis Behrakis
A migrant boat arrives ashore after making the crossing from Turkey Credit: Carl Court (Getty Images)

Greece, struggling with its own economic crisis, has said it does not have the funds to care for all the arrivals before they move on to other destinations including Germany and Sweden.

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has said financial aid could be offered to Turkey to register and process the migrants on its territory instead.

Tsipras is visiting Turkey on Tuesday and Wednesday to discuss the worst refugee crisis since World War Two

Migrant boat overturns near Greek island, at least 8 dead

Reuters

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