Refugee boat sinks in Aegean Sea, leaves six dead

Refugee boat sinks and leaves six dead on coast of Kos Island in Aegean Sea

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

A Syrian refugee holds onto his children as he struggles to walk off a dinghy on the Greek island of Lesbos, after crossing a part of the Aegean Sea from Turkey to Lesbos on September 24, 2015.

Greek authorities announced that another boat carrying refugees sank on Wednesday and six bodies have been found along the northern coast of Kos Island

The Greek Coast Guard stated that a survivor managed to reach the shore and informed security officials. The survivor told officials that 10 people were on the boat when it sank near Kos Island in the Aegean Sea.

A rescue operation was put into effect with the assistance of a coast guard patrol boat, a vessel from the European border control agency Frontex, a helicopter and a vessel from a Greek volunteer rescue group.

Authorities later announced that they found the bodies of three men, two women and a baby in the eastern Aegean Sea.

Greek islands in the Aegean and the Mediterranean are gateway passages for refugees to reach European countries.  

Refugee Crisis in Europe

Europe is facing the highest number of refugees since World War Two.

According to the International Organisation for Migration figures, over one million refugees fleeing war and poverty in the Middle East and Africa crossed into Europe in 2015, while nearly 3,700 people lost their lives in their attempt to flee.

European Union figures say that more than 2,000 refugess still continue to arrive into Europe everyday, despite strengthened security controls on border and harsh winter conditions.

Last November, the European Union and Turkey reached an agreement for a refugee action plan.

According to the plan, Turkey will tighten security checks on its border against refugee activities in exchange for visa-free travel and broading EU membership talks between the EU and Turkey.

Turkey already hosts the largest number of Syrian refugees with almost 2.5 million refugees and has spent around 8 billion euros ($8.73 billion) to provide for the refugees since 2011.

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