3 Children Among New Migrant Deaths in Aegean: Greek Coastguard

EMAIL PRINT COMMENTS 3 Children Among New Migrant Deaths in Aegean: Greek Coastguard European Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos talks to migrant children at the port of Mytilene on the Greek island of Lesbos on October

Four more migrants, three of them children, died attempting to cross the Aegean Sea to reach safety in Europe, the Greek coastguard said early today.

The children and a woman, whose nationalities were not disclosed, drowned when their boat capsized near the Greek island of Kalymnos, the coastguard said.

Another 11 people were rescued and crews were searching for a missing child, it added.

Nearly 300 people trying to escape conflict and poverty in their home countries have died in the Aegean Sea this year according to the International Organisation for Migration (IOM).

Deadly sinkings occur nearly every day.

On Thursday, a wooden boat carrying dozens of migrants sank near the island of Lesbos after colliding with a Greek coastguard vessel.

Seven people including four children died, and the body of another woman was found on Friday.

Three more people including a young girl and a baby died off Lesbos on Wednesday.

The UN refugee agency UNHCR has reported an increase in the number of migrant boats arriving from Turkey this week.

“The surge in arrivals could be the result of a temporary improvement in the weather, a rush to beat the onset of winter, and a fear that European borders may soon close,” UNHCR said Friday.