Bodies of two refugees come ashore on Greek islands

Greek police say bodies of two refugees from accident in Aegean Sea found on islands of Lesbos and Chios

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Refugees and migrants arrive on the Greek island of Lesbos after crossing the Aegean sea from Turkey on October 26, 2015

Updated Oct 29, 2015

Greek police found two refugee bodies near the islands of Lesbos and Chios in the Aegean Sea.

A 21-year-old woman and a 20-year-old man drowned after falling off a boat in the Aegean Sea while a total of 35 refugees started out to travel from Turkey to Greece in the same vessel.

Body of 21-year-old woman was found near the island of Chios, and dead body of  20-year-old man discovered on the nearby island of Lesbos. Lesbos has been the destination of thousands of refugees who have landed in the last few weeks.

In a separate incident, a woman and two children had drowned on Sunday when their boat crashed into rocks near the Greek island of Lesbos.

Lesbos is frequently targeted by refugees escaping wars, persecution and poverty in their countries and trying to reach Europe.

42 people in another boat arrived safely at Mytilene, the island's capital.

Almost every day refugees loose in the Aegean Sea between Turkey and Greece. Although the beginning of winter is a very dangerous time to be traveling from Turkey to Greece by boat, due to harsh weather conditions, refugees still continue to travel.

According to the International Organization for Migration’s statement, 48,000 refugees arrived last week in Greece.

Over 3,000 people have lost their lives since January, while some 600,000 people reached Europe’s shores. This has been the worst refugee crisis since World War II, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

More than 450,000 refugees have arrived to Greece by boat as of this year. Authorities and relief agencies say Lesbos is running out of space to bury the dead people.

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