Two children, woman drown after refugee boat sinks in Aegean

One woman, 2 children drown as boat carrying 63 refugees sinks near Greek island of Lesbos

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Updated Oct 26, 2015

According to Greek authorities, at least 3 people,1 woman and 2 children drowned on Sunday when their boat crashed into rocks near the Greek island of Lesbos.

A coast guard spokeswoman said that the rest of the people were able to reach land, but seven people were still missing and because of the worsening weather conditions they fear death toll will rise. No information was given regarding the nationalities of the deceased.

Thousands of refugees who are escaping from the war in Syria, have arrived in Greece on their way to Europe..

Earlier last week, Greece’s coast guard said four people - a woman, two little girls and a baby - died when their wooden boat sank after colliding with a rescue vessel near the Greek island of Lesbos on October 15.

Thirty one other people were rescued, the coast guard added.

Officials said they were investigating how the vessel could have collided with the refugee boat.

Another refugee woman and two children had died a day before, after their boat which was carrying a dozen people, capsized off the coast of Lesbos.

Greek island of Lesbos is frequently used by refugees escaping wars, persecution and poverty in their countries and trying to reach Europe.

Almost every day refugee lives are lost in the sea between Turkey and Greece.

The International Organization for Migration said on Friday despite bad weather conditions, refugees managed to arrive in Greece from Turkey and 48,000 refugees have reached Greece this week, most of them are in Lesbos.

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

More than 450,000 of them arrived Greece. Authorities and relief agencies say Lesbos is running out of space to bury the dead people.

TRTWorld and agencies