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Greek authorities have carried out a search and rescue operation off the coast of a small islet within the jap Aegean Sea close to the Turkish coast after a dinghy carrying migrants to Greece capsized, the coast guard stated

ByThe Related Press

November 17, 2023, 4:31 AM

ATHENS, Greece — Greek authorities carried out a search and rescue operation Friday off the coast of a small islet within the jap Aegean Sea close to the Turkish coast after a dinghy carrying migrants to Greece capsized, the coast guard stated.

A complete of 18 individuals had been rescued, whereas yet one more individual, a lady, was pulled from the water unconscious, the coast guard stated. The survivors had been to be transported to the close by island of Samos. The coast guard stated no additional individuals had been reported as lacking.

Hundreds of individuals fleeing warfare and poverty within the Center East, Africa and Asia try to make the brief however harmful sea crossing from Turkey to the Greek islands every year, within the hope of finally making their technique to extra affluent European Union international locations.

Some try to skirt round Greece and head on to Italy as a substitute, both from Turkey or from north Africa. The longer sea journey is significantly extra perilous, and has claimed tons of of lives.

In June, an overloaded fishing trawler believed to have been carrying as much as 750 individuals capsized and sank off the coast of western Greece because it headed from Libya to Italy. The overwhelming majority of passengers had been beneath deck, and solely 104 survivors and 78 our bodies had been recovered.



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