Authorities on the island of Lesvos stand before a mystery as the bodies at least two children were washed ashore in the less than 24 hours. A third body was discovered later on Saturday. No information about age or sex so far, as coast guard members were heading to the area as this post was written.
According to local media lesvosnews.gr, the body of a girl estimated between 12 and 13 years old was found on the beach near Madamados on Saturday morning. Another body was washed ashore a little later.
On Friday, the body of a young boy estimated at the same age was found in the same area of Sarakina near Madamados.
The body was in in advanced level of sepsis and was taken to a local hospital for autopsy. According to lesvosnews.net, the boy was wearing blue shorts and shoes.
Security authorities are concerned as no missing person has been declared.
Authorities suggest that the two bodies belong to refugee children, however, there has been neither the UNHCR nor any other relevant body has filed for missing refugee children.
The inflow of refugees and migrants arriving form the Turkish coast to the island of Lesvos continued also in November. 785 new arrivals have been recorder in the period 1-10 November 2017.
The total number of new arrivals on the islands of the North-East Aegean Sea and for the same period is 1,237. Of them 338 arrived on the island of Chios and 114 on the island of Samos.
The last known boat wreck in the east Aegean Sea occurred a week earlier, on Nov 3rd, however, much southern than Lesvos. A boat carrying migrants sank off the islet of Kalolimnos near Kos. 14 people were rescued, the bodies of 3 were recovered. The total number of passengers was estimated at 22 to 24 people.
distance between Lesvos and Kos is 278 km or 150 nautical miles
The village of Madamados is 36km North-West of the city of Mytilene, the capital of Lesvos.
UPDATE Nov 12: According to latest information, the third body washed ashore on Saturday belonged to an adult man. All bodies were in advance sepsis.
The most possible creepy scenario suggests that that a boat sank some time ago and … nobody noticed. No Turkish Coast Guard, no Greek Coast Guard, no Frontex vessel, Nato task force, no
*thumbnail picture is by lesvosnews.gr