Refugees cross a bridge over the Sutla River in Croatia. Credit: EPA/ANTONIO BAT
Refugees cross a bridge over the Sutla River in Croatia. Credit: EPA/ANTONIO BAT

Police in Croatia found the dead body of a migrant on February 24 after being alerted by a group of six migrants from Syria and Pakistan. The group apparently got lost while searching for a bridge over the Mreznica River. Another person from the group went missing in the river.

One migrant died and another went missing in the Mreznica River in central Croatia, not far from the border with Bosnia, according to Croatian media. On the evening of February 24, following information given by a group of six migrants from Syria and Pakistan, police found the lifeless body. 


Pulled under while trying to swim across river 

The group recently crossed the mountainous border between Bosnia and Croatia but got lost looking for one of the bridges across the Mreznica River. After reaching the icy river but no bridge, two men in the group tried to swim across, but strong currents pulled them to an area with small waterfalls. The other migrants then alerted authorities through contacting a local resident in the area. 

Since 2016, the number of migrants trying to reach Western Europe through the new Balkan route has risen significantly. The new Balkan route goes from Turkey and Greece to Albania, Montenegro, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, and Slovenia. The route became active after the closure of the route that crossed Macedonia and Serbia to reach Hungary and eastern Croatia.
 

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