Dozens Of Missing Migrants Feared Dead Off Greece Coast

Missing Migrants Feared Dead
Migrants disembark from the passenger ship Tera Jet following their trip from the island of Lesbos to the port of Piraeus, near Athens, Greece on September 1. Sunday, 26 migrants were feared dead, including children, after their rubber boat sank off the coast of Greece. Photo by Yuksel Pecenek/ UPI | License Photo

ATHENS, Greece, Sept. 20 (UPI) — Some 26 migrants were feared dead Sunday after their rubber raft sank as they were making their way from Turkey to Europe.

Survivors said there were 46 originally aboard the boat. The Greek coast guard said it rescued 20 people from the boat sinking off the Greek Island of Lesbos, a primary route for those moving to northern and western Europe. Saturday, rescue workers found the body of a 5-year-old girl off Lesbos after her boat sank. Fourteen others from the same boat are still missing.

At the same time, the Italian coast guard said it participated in the rescue of 4,343 migrants from smugglers’ boats off the coast of Libya in just one day. Adding to the tally, a Norwegian vessel rescued another 335 people.

Hundreds of thousands of migrants, most fleeing war-torn Syria and Afghanistan, have arrived in Greece from the nearby Turkish Coast to seek a better life. Many have died while trying to cross the Aegean Sea, often in flimsy vessels on the choppy seas.


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