Two migrants died Wednesday in a shipwreck off the coast of the Greek island of Kos | Photo: Coast Guard-Hellenic Coast Guard
Two migrants died Wednesday in a shipwreck off the coast of the Greek island of Kos | Photo: Coast Guard-Hellenic Coast Guard

At least two migrants were found dead after a ship carry 27 people sank off the Greek island of Kos on Wednesday.

Two migrants died off the coast of the Greek island of Kos after a boat they were traveling in sank on Wednesday (March 1), the Greek coast guard reports. Twenty-four people were rescued and one is still missing. 

The boat set off from Turkey’s Aegean coast, according to state radio, and encountered strong winds that caused the accident, the Greek coast guard said. 

The Port Authority of Kos was informed on Wednesday by Frontex employees of a suspicious ship near the island, according to the Greek coast guard. Search and rescue was still ongoing Wednesday afternoon. 

Shipwrecks in this area of the Aegean Sea are not uncommon.

In the month of February, four migrants were reported missing off the Greek island of Samos, three were reported dead after a shipwreck near Lesbos and five were reported dead after a wreck near the island of Leros.

According to the UN Migration Agency IOM's Missing Migrants project, at least 22 people have died in the Eastern Mediterranean since the start of this year, and over 370 died in 2022.

With dpa

 

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