11 people die as refugee boat sinks off Greek island

11 people die as refugee boat sinks off Greek island

At least 11 people, most of them children, have died after a refugee boat sank off an eastern Greek island, the country’s coast guard said.

The coast guard and vessels from the European border patrol agency Frontex carried out a search and rescue operation off the island of Samos.

Ten people were rescued, while 11 bodies – those of four boys, three girls, three men and one woman – were recovered.

The sinking is the second in two days. Another boat sank off the island of Kos on Wednesday, leaving seven dead, including two children.

Greece, with thousands of miles of coastline and islands close to the Turkish coast, is the main gateway into Europe for refugees and migrants.

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