A dinghy loaded with refugees and migrants sank on Thursday morning two nautical mile off the island of Lesvos. A search and rescue operation was launched, the Greek Coast Guard managed to rescue 68 people who were on and around the boat in the sea. Later, two more people were rescued form the sea; they originally declared as “missing”.
Among those rescued are a pregnant woman and a 2-month-old baby that needs to be transferred in the Greek capital Athens due to health problems. State broadcaster ERT reported that the baby had health problems ever since it came to the world.
At the time of the shipwreck winds were blowing with 5 to 6 Beaufort.
Greece saw an increase of new arrivals after the coup attempt in Turkey on July 15th. In the last 24 hours another 23 people arrived on Lesvos and 31 on neighboring island of Chios.