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Immigrant boat sinks in Greece, at least 8 drown

Immigrant boat sinks in Greece, at least 8 drown

At least eight people drowned in the eastern Aegean Tuesday when a small boat carrying illegal immigrants hit rocks and sank in high waves, Greek authorities said.
A coast guard statement said rescuers have located 10 survivors and are seeking one child reported missing.
The accident occurred around 8 a.m. (0600 GMT; 2 a.m. EDT), when the small vessel smashed into rocks in the Korakas area off the northeastern coast of the island of Lesvos, the coast guard said.
Six bodies were initially found in the sea and on the rocks, and two more were located in the sea after a search involving a rescue helicopter and coast guard patrol boats.
The nationalities and identities of the victims were not immediately available.
Lesvos is one of the main points of arrival for the thousands of illegal immigrants who enter Greece every year.


Updated : 2020-12-04 01:11 GMT+08:00