At least 15 dead as migrant boat sinks off Greek island

From Reuters - March 17, 2018

ATHENS (Reuters) - Fifteen people, including at least five children, drowned on Saturday when the small boat they were traveling on capsized in the Aegean Sea, Greek coast guard officials said.

The incident occurred off Greeces Agathonisi island, which is close to the Turkish coast. The identity and nationality of the victims was not immediately known.

At least four more (migrants) were unaccounted (for), a coast guard official told Reuters. Three others were rescued.

Saturdays incident was thought to be the highest death toll of migrants trying to reach outlying Greek islands in months.

Greek authorities said they believed there were 22 people on the boat. Greek coast guard vessels assisted by two helicopters were searching for more survivors.


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