At least seven people, including five children, were killed in four shipwrecks of migrants boats Wednesday between Turkey and Greece, and the research of an undetermined number of missing was continuing off the island of Lesbos, by Greek coastguards.
In the evening, 214 people, many suffering from hypothermia were rescued after the sinking of a wooden boat off the northern coast of Lesbos, main entrance of migrants in Europe, Eastern Aegean.
A man and two children were found dead in the evening, and the search continued, led by Greek patrol boats and a helicopter, reinforced many fishermen and even the islanders rushed with jetskis.
“The situation is very confused, leaving survivors had reported a hundred people finally 241 were rescued and it is unclear how many were actually on board,” said a spokesman for the port police.
According to the media there, the children were transferred in critical condition in the clinic close to Molyvos. Strong winds blowing on the complicated area, with nightfall, the relief operation.
Earlier, an AFP photographer on site, on a beach in Molyvos, had counted some six inanimate brought children to whom rescuers were busy.
Victim of a previous wreck in the same area, a seven year old boy succumbed inanimate gathered earlier in the day clinic of Molyvos, where he was transferred by ambulance. A one year old girl on board the same boat could be revived, but his condition remained “critical” by the port police.
Two children and a man were also drowned further south, off Samos, when their boat ferrying fifty people was wrecked in early afternoon.
Research has also been conducted in the day, but to no avail, off Samos and Agathonisi island near, hoping to find three children – two boys aged one and five years, and a girl of a year – and three adults – a sixty and two men – reported missing by their families after rescue at sea in the morning two boats of migrants from Turkey.
A five year old girl is also dead in the morning at the Samos Hospital after being transferred lifeless by his parents. An investigation was opened to determine the cause of death.
These new dramas bring to 36 the number of migrants found dead so far in Greek waters since October 1, according to a statement drawn up by AFP on the basis of data provided by the Greek harbor police.
Since the beginning of the year, 560,000 migrants and refugees arrived in Greece by sea, on a total of more than 700,000 who reached Europe by the Mediterranean, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).
More than 3,200 people, mostly children, were killed in these crossings, according to IOM.