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Seven migrants drown near Lesvos

Eight people rescued, two missing

Survivors say they were in a dinghy with 15 people that had taken in water and had begun to sink, in unclear circumstances

(File photo) (File photo) The bodies of seven people have been recovered from the sea near the eastern Aegean island of Lesvos, in a new drowning tragedy involving migrants trying to enter Greece.

The alarm was raised when a coastguard patrol boat found two people in the water off the coast of cape Koraka on the island, which is also known as Mytilini.

The two said that they were in a dinghy with 15 people that had taken in water and had begun to sink, in unclear circumstances.

A search involving three coastguard vessels, a Super Puma helicopter and a trawler was then launched.

Eight people have been rescued, while the bodies of seven men have been pulled from the sea.

Two people are still missing and the search is continuing.


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