Boat carrying immigrants sank off the Greek island of Leros, killing 2
Posted by clandestina on 18 December 2009
source: ZAMAN website
A boat carrying illegal immigrants sank yesterday off the coast of the
Greek island of Leros, killing two.
Greek media announced yesterday that at approximately 8 a.m. a boat carrying over 25 illegal immigrants capsized due to bad weather, according to the Anatolia news agency. Fishing boats rescued 25 people on a rocky islet in the eastern Aegean Sea, while the bodies of two others, who appear to have drowned, have also been found.
The group was reportedly brought to hospitals on the island for
medical exams. Greece is a busy transit point for illegal immigrants seeking to enter the European Union. Each year, tens of thousands try to sneak across Greece’s borders. Many come from as far as Iraq or Afghanistan.
12 December 2009, Saturday.