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live Seven migrants drown off Lesbos island

18 March 2014 / 11:03:55  GRReporter
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Another tragedy involving at least seven dead immigrants took place in the Aegean Sea. The search for two persons is continuing and the Greek coast guard has rescued eight.

Seven victims drowned near Cape Korakas on Mytilini island (Lesbos) after the boat in which they were sailing to the Greek coast sank. A coast guard ship is continuing the search for the missing two.

The Greek authorities were informed about the incident at midnight when the crew of a coast guard ship that was patrolling the region of Lesbos found two immigrants in the sea. They told the members of the service that they together with other 15 people had been sailing in a boat that had sprung a leak for unknown reasons and sunk.

The operations centre of the Ministry of Marine ordered the launch of a rescue operation involving three coast guard ships, a military "Super Puma" helicopter and a trawler.

The local news website informs that the bodies of a man and a child have been transported to the hospital on the island, and a coast guard ship is carrying five more drowned men to the island harbour.

To be continued

Tags: Crime newsImmigrantsBoatDrowned peopleCoast guardLesbos
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