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Boat With Refugees Sinks Near Greek Kos Island, at Least Seven Dead

© AFP 2021 / ARIS MESSINISHellenic coast guard personnel rescue refugees and migrants on a dinghy as they try to reach the Greek island of Lesbos while crossing the Aegean sea from Turkey on September 29, 2015
Hellenic coast guard personnel rescue refugees and migrants on a dinghy as they try to reach the Greek island of Lesbos while crossing the Aegean sea from Turkey on September 29, 2015 - Sputnik International
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Boat with refugees sank not far from the Greek island of Kos in the Aegean Sea, according to local media.

Refugees and migrants sleep on the railway tracks close to the borders of Greece with Macedonia, near the village of Idomeni, September 6, 2015 - Sputnik International
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ATHENS (Sputnik) — At least seven people died, including two children, after a boat with refugees sank not far from the Greek island of Kos in the Aegean Sea, local media reported Wednesday.

According to the Athens News Agency, the Greek Coast Guard came across a man, on Wednesday morning, on a Kos island beach who claimed that he had managed to escape from a sinking boat.

The Greek authorities responded by launching a search and rescue operation to find and assist the other victims of the shipwreck. According to the media outlet, one woman was saved by the Turkish Coast Guard.

A man walks across piles of life jackets used by refugees and migrants to cross the Aegean sea from the Turkish coast which remained stacked on the Greek eastern island of Lesbos, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015. - Sputnik International
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Earlier in January, two separate shipwrecks in the Aegean Sea left over 40 refugees, including 17 children, dead.

Europe is currently struggling to cope with a massive refugee influx, with millions of refugees fleeing conflict-torn countries of the Middle East and North Africa in search of asylum in stable and wealthy EU states. Most refugees travel from Turkey to the Greek islands before continuing onward into mainland Europe.

According to the International Organization for Migration, 45,361 migrants and refugees have arrived in Greece by sea since the beginning of 2016.

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