Greek coastguard rescues 242 migrants as boat sinks, 3 drown

By REUTERS
October 29, 2015 06:14

 
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The Greek coastguard rescued 242 migrants when their wooden boat sank north of the island of Lesbos on Wednesday, but at least three drowned, including two small boys, authorities said.

A man and the two boys were found drowned and an extensive search was under way in the area after what was thought to be the largest maritime disaster off Greece in terms of numbers involved since a massive refugee influx began this year.

Coast guards and local residents assisted the migrants off the vessel after it arrived at the port of Molivos on Lesbos.

Inflows have increased recently as refugees are trying to beat the onset of winter, crossing the narrow sea passages between Turkey and Greece on overcrowded small boats.

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