Two women and one child have been missing and ten people were rescued when a rubber dinghy carrying migrants from Turkey to Greece sank off the northern coast of the island of Lesvos on Friday morning.
According to state broadcaster ERT, a patrolling boat of the Greek Coast Guard got aware of the boat-wreck when it spotted a man swimming towards the coast around 5:30 in the morning. He was rescued by the Coast Guard.
A search and rescue operation was launched and led to the rescue of another nine people. However, two women and one child are reportedly still missing early Friday afternoon.
Migration Minister Notis Mitarakis told the Parliament that the dinghy appeared to have sunk inside the Turkish territorial waters and blamed Turkey for allowing the dinghy to leave its western coast.
In the SAR participated Greek Coast Guard and Frontex vessels, a Super Puma helicopter and an aircraft as well as a commercial vessel sailing nearby.
The survivors have been taken to an isolation facility on Lesvos as provided by the health protection measures against the coronavirus.