Athens — Four migrants died on Monday when their boat capsized off the Greek island of Lesbos, while 18 people were rescued, the coastguard said.
A patrol picked up 22 people in the Aegean but four of them were dead, a brief statement said.
The survivors were transferred to Mytilene, the main city on Lesbos, along the main passage route for migrants coming in from Turkey.
No details were given about the nationalities or the condition of those rescued.
Yet another tragic shipwreck, this time outside Lesvos, four found drowned so far while 19 have been rescued.
In the early hours of today, according to Greek authorities, a boat carrying at least 23 people went down in the boarder area outside Mantamados, Lesvos north east.… pic.twitter.com/62QhhYY6h0
— Aegean Boat Report (@ABoatReport) August 28, 2023
In June, an overcrowded fishing trawler carrying up to 750 people who had been picked up in Libya sank off Greece.
Around 100 of them were saved, but it is thought that some 600 drowned, according to Greek figures.
Thousands of migrants, mostly from Syria, Afghanistan and Pakistan, have entered Greece in recent years from the sea and land borders with Turkey.
Following a strict migration policy, Greece has stepped up patrols in the Aegean Sea between Greece and Turkey with the help of the European Border Surveillance Agency, Frontex.
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