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At Least Three Die as Migrant Boat Sinks Off Lesvos, Greece

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The wreckage of the migrant boat in Lesvos. Credit: Lesvos News

At least three migrants died and several are missing after a migrant boat capsized and sank off the island of Lesvos, Greece on Tuesday.

The boat carrying at least 41 migrants sank after crashing into rocks off the island’s coast, according to local news site Lesvos News.

At least 16 migrants have been rescued alive so far, while three bodies were also recovered, the report said.

A helicopter, two patrol boats, and a larger vessel are involved in the ongoing rescue operation, it added.

Four migrants died off Leros, Greece on Sunday

Four migrants, including three children, died after their boat sank off the island of Leros in the southeastern Aegean Sea on Sunday.

According to Port Authorities, two boys and a girl around 5 years old had been hospitalized but did not survive, while the authorities had collected the body of a woman aged around 20 from the sea.

A total of 39 people were rescued, including 17 men, 17 women, and 6 children. The 3 that died were among the 6. Two adults remain hospitalized.

Together with Spain and Italy, Greece is one of the main entry points into the European Union for refugees and migrants from the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Most asylum-seekers cross to Greece from neighboring Turkey.

In November 2022 Greek authorities recovered twenty bodies of migrants off the island of Evia after a boat sank.

In October, at least seventeen migrants died after two separate boats sank off Lesvos and Kythera.

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

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