Greece: new fatal wrecks in the Aegean

corps-homme-ete-porte-merAt least fifteen migrants including six children were killed Sunday in two new shipwrecks in the Aegean, off the Greek islands of Samos and Farmakonisi, according to a new review of the Coast Guard.

Initially, authorities had announced the death of 13 migrants, but two other bodies were recovered in the evening.

The first shipwreck occurred 20 meters from the Galazio coast of Samos, when a boat of six meters long capsized. Ten migrants, including four children and two infants, were discovered drowned in the cabin of the boat where they were locked. The body of a girl was found at the coast.

Fifteen people survived the sinking, and at least two migrants remain missing, according to the Coast Guard.

In addition, two bodies were recovered Sunday morning by a boat of Frontex, the agency monitoring the borders of Europe, and Greek patrol boats that sailed off the island Farmakonnisi near Samos.

In the evening, two new bodies were recovered, officials said, but seven migrants are still missing in the area.

These new dramas add to the dozen shipwrecks recorded since Monday in the Aegean sea separating Greece from Turkey, and have made some sixty dead, more than half of them children.

Friday, 22 refugees, including 17 children, died in the crossing of a dozen nautical miles between Greek islands and Turkish west coast. Wednesday was also a black day with five shipwrecks off the coast of Lesbos, Samos and Agathonisi who killed 24 people, including 11 children.

With the bad weather and the influx of refugees, especially Syrians, who are trying to anticipate the closure of European borders, the number of victims found in Greek waters of the Aegean stood at more than 80 deaths, mostly children, for the month of October, according to a statement drawn up by AFP.

Since the beginning of the year, arrivals by sea in Greece have reached the figure of 580,125, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), a total of 723,221 migrants arrived in the Mediterranean. In Italy, the count was 140,200.

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras had moved Friday to the Greek Parliament of these shipwrecks, “a humanitarian tragedy,” a “disgrace” for Europe, he said.

According to his services, he has to go to Lesvos this week with the President of the European Parliament Martin Schultz.

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