Turkish and Greek coast guards patrol the Aegean Sea | Photo: picture-alliance/AA/A. Balli
Turkish and Greek coast guards patrol the Aegean Sea | Photo: picture-alliance/AA/A. Balli

Greek coast guard authorities are searching for two men reported missing in the Eastern Aegean sea. The boat made it to the Greek island of Chios on Thursday with 36 survivors.

The boat with at least 38 migrants on board reportedly capsized overnight off the coast of Chios. 36 migrants were found safe, but two men were still missing, according to dpa. Other reports said eight of those rescued had made it shore, 23 were found on a rocky part of the coast and five were discovered in a dinghy.

The coast guard and European border agency Frontex boats as well as an air force helicopter are conducting a search for the two remaining missing men, according to AP. Local radio reports said high winds were making the search more difficult.

The number of people arriving in Europe via the Eastern Aegan Sea has dropped significantly since 2015 and 2016, when more than a million migrants traveled the dangerous route from Turkey. The UNHCR says around 4,800 people have made the journey to Greece from the Turkish Aegean coast since the beginning of 2019. 174 migrants died or went missing in the Aegean Sea in 2018.


 

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