The number of tragedies in the Aegean continues to grow as 3 more children were pulled lifeless out of the sea near Agathonisi island in the early hours of Friday January 15.
Military outpost in the area called for help after a boat carrying 23 migrants on its way from Turkey to Greece capsized and submerged into the cold Aegean waters. An NGO boat arrived at scene rescuing 20 of the migrants and recovering the bodies of three young children who had drowned in the accident.
Greek Patrol Boat Breaks Down
Meanwhile, on Thursday evening, a patrol boat of the Greek coastguard was in pursuit of an illegal vessel used to traffic migrants when it broke down in shallow waters off the Turkish coast. The coastguard had tracked the illegal vessel while it was heading to the Turkish coast near Agathonisi. Earlier the traffickers had disembarked 20 migrants off the shores of “Psili Ammos” in Samos. The patrol boat was grounded off the Turkish shores due to technical problems, but fortunately no injuries have been reported.
The Unified Coordination Centre for Search and Rescue (E.K.S.E.D.) of the port immediately notified the corresponding center of the Turkish Coast Guard in Ankara in order to assist the patrol boat so that it could leave the area promptly.
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