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Black Wednesday in the Aegean

29 October 2015 / 12:10:52  GRReporter
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Not only is the refugee tragedy in the Aegean Sea not ending but with the approach of winter, accidents are becoming more frequent. From Wednesday morning until today, 11 people, including eight children, have drowned and dozens are missing after their boats have sunk near the islands of Lesvos, Samos and Agathonisi.

Two boys and one man drowned when a wooden boat overturned in the sea north of the island of Lesvos. According to unconfirmed information, there were 8 victims in the accident.

The rescue operations of the Greek coast guard and Frontex are still underwaybecause according to the rescued refugees and migrants, 38 people are missing. So far, 242 refugees have been rescued.

The operations are involving coast guard ships and Super Puma helicopters, which are alternating with Frontex helicopters. Fishing boats are helping them as well.

At the same time, great efforts are being made to provide medical aid to those refugees who were in the sea. Lesvos hospital and the health centre in Kalloni on the same island are continuously accepting people who need help.

One 5-year-old boy who was found unconscious in a boat near Lesvos has died in hospital. Doctors are trying to save the life of a 3-year-old girl who was transported to the hospital with him yesterday afternoon.

The coast guard operation has rescued a total of 71 people.

Three other people, two children and one man, have been found drowned in the sea off ​​Akrotiri near the island of Samos. The boat on which they were sailing to the Greek coast overturned and there is one baby missing.

The authorities have found another man who drowned in a second accident near Samos, in the region of Karlovasi. According to previously known information, the case involves a small child again. Two other refugees are missing.

Three persons have drowned in the accident in the sea near Agathonisi where the coast guard members have found, and taken out from the sea, the bodies of two children and one elderly woman. Another one-year-old child is still missing.

Tags: SocietyRefugeesOverturned boatsDrowned peopleRescue operationsGreek coast guardFrontex
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