Published: Mon, January 13, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

Twelve dead, 21 Rescued as Migrant Boat Sinks off Greek Island

Twelve dead, 21 Rescued as Migrant Boat Sinks off Greek Island

The coast guard teams rescued another eight people from the sea, Anadolu noted, adding that there were a total of 19 migrants on board.

A dozen migrants have been found dead after their boat sank off the Greek island of Paxos, the country's coastguard said. Twelve bodies were recovered on Saturday after an extensive search was carried out in response to reports that a migrant ship had sunk in the area.

Authorities said the boat took on water near the island of Paxi during an apparent attempt to reach Italy.

Eleven people-eight of which were children-are reported to have drowned after a migrant boat capsized near Cesme in western Turkey. Three of those rescued were flown to Aktio, in western Greece, to receive medical treatment. No further details were immediately available.

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Twenty-two people have died or are still missing in migrant boat sinkings in the Mediterranean just this month, according to the International Organization for Migration.

Another 73 persons were saved in separate incidents in the Aegean among Friday and Saturday, the Greek coastguard continued.

Turkey became one of the main launch points for migrants taking the sea route to European Union territory in 2015, many fleeing conflict and poverty in the Middle East and Africa.

Greece's new conservative government has tried to manage hundreds of new asylum-seeker visitors daily on the coast of neighboring Turkey. Migrants from Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq make up the majority of those making the risky crossing to Greece.

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