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At Least 17 Migrants Drown, Scores Missing After Boats Sink Off Greece

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Migrants try to climb to safety at Kythera after their boat hit the rocks on Wednesday evening. Credit: Video screenshot/Greek Coast Guard

At least seventeen migrants died and dozens are missing after two separate boats sank off Greece on Wednesday evening.

The Greek Coast Guard announced that seventeen migrants, sixteen women and a fifteen-year-old boy drowned as their boat sank off the island of Lesvos. Ten women were rescued from the boat which is believed to have been carrying about forty people.

The Coast Guard, Greek Police, Fire Brigade and Army with the help of a Super Puma helicopter of the Air Force are operating in the area in search of at least another fifteen missing persons.

The boat is believed to have left late last night from the Turkish coast near Ayvalik under particularly adverse conditions. In the sea area between Lesvos and Asia Minor coasts, winds of seven and up to eight Beaufort were recorded.

Greece’s Immigration and Asylum Minister Notis Mitarakis urged Turkey to take measures to prevent migrant boats from leaving the coast due to harsh weather conditions.

Migrants missing off Kythera in southern Greece

The second boat sank at Kythera south of the Peloponnese. At least fifteen people are missing after the vessel smashed against rocks. Video footage shows people climbing up to try to save themselves.

Rescuers lowered ropes down to the seafront to help survivors climb up the cliffs to reach safety.

A nearby school has also opened to provide shelter for those who have been rescued, local officials said.

With many people still missing, navy divers are expected to continue searching the area on Thursday.

Most migrants reaching Greece travel from neighboring Turkey, but smugglers have changed routes in recent months to avoid heavily patrolled waters around Greek islands near the Turkish coastline.

The country has repeatedly blamed Turkey for not taking sufficient measures to stop migrants from making the dangerous journey.

Greece releases video of Turkish Coast Guard attacking migrants

On Wednesday, Greece released a video that apparently shows Turkey’s Coast Guard violently pushing a boat full of migrants toward the Greek islands.

The video was released by Greek Migration and Asylum Minister Notis Mitarakis who claims that it was shot by a migrant who was eventually rescued by the Greek Coast Guard.

As is seen in the video, the boat is full of migrants shouting and pleading with officers aboard the vessel of the Turkish Coast Guard, some of whom are using sticks to push the migrants away.


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