38 migrants still missing after boat sinks near Lesbos

Published: Thursday 29th October 2015 by The News Editor

Comments (0)

Rescuers in Greece are continuing to search for 38 people who are still missing after a wooden boat carrying migrants sank near the island of Lesbos.

The Greek coast guard rescued 242 people and recovered three bodies after the boat capsized on Wednesday.

A helicopter from the European border protection agency Frontex joined the search by Greek coast guard vessels off the northern coast of the island on Thursday morning.

Dozens of paramedics and volunteers helped in the effort to assist the survivors, wrapping them in foil blankets and prioritising ambulance transport. Eighteen children were taken to hospital, with three reported to be in a serious condition.

At least 11 people, mostly children, died in five separate incidents in the eastern Aegean Sea on Wednesday as thousands of people continue to head to the Greek islands from Turkey in frail boats and stormy weather.

Lesbos has borne the brunt of the refugee crisis in Greece, with more than 300,000 reaching the island this year and the number of daily arrivals recently peaking at 7,500.

Published: Thursday 29th October 2015 by The News Editor

Comments (0)

Local business search