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Greece finds 10 more migrants after 25 rescued off Greek island

April 29, 2024 at 2:35 pm

Greek officers of Hellenic Coast Guard are seen on a Greek Coast Guard boat following a rescue mission near the Greek island from Samos on 13 November 2019 [ANGELOS TZORTZINIS/AFP via Getty Images]

Greek rescuers found ten migrants on a rocky area of the island of Samos overnight after recovering the body of one migrant and rescuing 25 whose boat had sunk, the coastguard said today, Reuters reports.

A search and rescue operation was underway, while authorities have launched an investigation into the case, the coastguard said in a statement.

In a separate incident, the coastguard found a speedboat carrying migrants sailing off the island of Chios on Saturday. Greek authorities found 20 migrants, including two children, who had landed on Chios.

Samos and Chios lie in the east of the Aegean Sea, near the Turkish coast.

Greece has been a favoured gateway to the European Union for migrants and refugees from the Middle East, Africa and Asia since 2015 when nearly a million people landed on its islands, mainly through Turkiye.

Numbers dropped significantly before rising again last year to 41,561 arrivals by sea. Some 10,854 migrants have reached Greece by sea so far this year.

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