Two kids drown as refugee boat sinks off Greek island of Kos

Greek coast guard says child has drowned, another is missing when boat carrying refugees sank in Aegean Sea

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

A Syrian refugee cries while disembarking from a raft at a beach on the Greek island of Lesbos, after crossing a part of the Aegean Sea in an overcrowded raft, October 20, 2015

The Greek coast guard said that they found the body of a refugee child and that the rescuers were searching for the body of a six-year-old, after a boat carrying refugees sank near the Greek island of Kos on Thursday. Authorities said ten people have been rescued and four swam to the island before rescuers could reach them.

A father of one of the survivors told rescuers that they had to leave his six-year-old son behind, in order to save the other members of the family.

A wooden boat used by refugees is abandoned at a beach on the Greek island of Lesbos October 20, 2015

This year, at least 400 refugees have died in the Aegean Sea while trying to reach Europe, while more than 590,000 people have succeed in reaching Greece. 

Greece has become a major transit point for refugees trying to reach Europe.

In October alone, over 218,000 refugees fled their countries and risked their lives by crossing the Aegean Sea, 210,000 of them arrived in Greece, the United Nations said on Monday.

Refugees try to reach northern EU countries, after receiving registration papers in the Greek islands.

On Monday, following 11 people, including children dying when another boat sank while trying to reach Lesbos, the mayor of the island said that there were no more room left to bury the dead bodies of refugees.

TRTWorld and agencies