File: An abandoned life jacket in the Aegean Sea in 2016 | Photo: Picture-alliance/AP Photo/L.Pitarakis
File: An abandoned life jacket in the Aegean Sea in 2016 | Photo: Picture-alliance/AP Photo/L.Pitarakis

The body of a second migrant has been located in waters off the Greek island of Lesbos after a boat carrying more than 30 people sank. On Wednesday a young woman's body was recovered by the Greek coast guard.

The Hellenic coast guard confirmed on Thursday that a second body had been found off the island of Lesbos, believed to be that of a migrant missing from a shipwreck the previous day.

On Wednesday authorities reported that a woman had drowned and another was missing after their inflatable boat sank.

They added that they managed to pull 32 people from the water.

"A second body has been found," a coast guard press officer told InfoMigrants on Thursday, adding that no migrants are now believed to be missing.

Both victims from Somalia

The press officer said no further details of the second person had been released. However, the Lesbos news site StoNisi reported that both victims were Somali women aged 20.

All of the rescued migrants were Somali, the coastguard told the AFP news agency on Wednesday.

Earlier on Wednesday the Greek migration minister, Notis Mitarakis, had told parliament that the Turkish coast guard had spotted the boat after it issued a distress call, but allowed it to sail on to Greek waters.

On Twitter, Mitarakis expressed his sorrow at the loss of life and praised the coast guard.

Lesbos is one of the main points where migrants arrive on the EU's southeastern border. Many boats that attempt the crossing sink, especially due to strong winds and overcrowding.

On November 9, the body of a six-year-old boy was found off the island of Samos after a boat sank, while seven people were recovered alive.

With AFP

 

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