Refugee boat death toll rises to 16: Greek coastguard

Eight of the bodies were recovered in Greek waters while the Turkish coastguard found another seven bodies, a Greek coastguard spokeswoman said.

Refugee boat death toll rises to 16: Greek coastguard

World Bulletin / News Desk

Sixteen refugees died and a dozen more are missing after a boat carrying them from Turkey to Lesbos sank in the Aegean, the Greek authorities confirmed on Monday. 
According to the Greek Maritime Ministry, a boat carrying migrants and refugees left Turkey late on Sunday night but appeared to have sunk after entering Greek waters.
 
Frontex -- the EU’s border security agency -- and the Greek authorities have recovered the bodies of six women, two men and a child, a total of nine victims.Two women -- one of them pregnant -- have been rescued and transported to the island.
 
The Turkish coast guard has recovered the bodies of seven more people -- six men and one child.One of the rescued women told the Greek authorities about 25 people had been on board, ministry sources told Anadolu Agency.
 
A search-and-rescue operation is ongoing with coast guards, private and Greek navy crafts, as well as Frontex boats and a helicopter taking part.
 
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