At least 15 migrants died after two boats sank off Greece

At least 15 people have died after two boats carrying migrants sank in Greek waters, and rescuers were searching for dozens who were still missing, authorities said early Thursday. The Coast Guard said 15 bodies were recovered near the eastern island of Lesvos after a dinghy carrying about 40 people sank. Five people were rescued and three had been found on a ledge near the site of the sinking. A second rescue attempt was launched several hundred miles west near the island of Kythira, where a sailing boat carrying about 100 migrants sank late Wednesday.

Officials said 30 people were rescued after the boat hit rocks outside the village port of Diakofti in the east of the island. Winds in the area were up to 45 miles per hour.

“We could see the boat crashing against the rocks and people climbing on those rocks to try to save themselves. It was an incredible sight,” Martha Stathaki, a local resident, told The Associated Press. “All the residents here went to the port to try to help.”

Firefighters rescue workers lowered ropes to help migrants climb sea cliffs. Local officials said a school would be opening in the area to provide shelter for those rescued. Navy divers were also scheduled to arrive on Thursday.

First responders had to lower ropes down a cliff to rescue the survivors.

First responders had to lower ropes down a cliff to rescue the survivors.


Officials said a nearby school could be used as a shelter once rescue attempts are complete.

Officials said a nearby school could be used as a shelter once rescue attempts are complete.


Most migrants reaching Greece come from neighboring Turkey, but smugglers have changed routes in recent months to avoid heavily patrolled waters around the Greek islands near Turkey’s coast.

Kythira is about 250 miles west of Turkey and on a route often used by smugglers to bypass Greece and go straight to Italy.

https://nypost.com/2022/10/06/at-least-15-migrants-dead-after-two-boats-sink-off-greece/ At least 15 migrants died after two boats sank off Greece

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