The Mediterranean continues to count its dead.
This Sunday, a woman and three children were found dead after drowning in the sinking of an inflatable boat carrying migrants from the neighboring Turkish coasts.
Forty-one people were rescued, including six children and two adults who were taken to hospital in Leros, the coastguard added, adding that a rescue operation is still underway to possibly find others. immigrants.
But three children, two boys aged around 5 and a girl aged 4, brought to Leros hospital on Sunday morning, could not be revived by doctors, according to the Greek news agency Ana.
The young woman whose body was found in the sea was in her twenties, and the passengers in the canoe were all from Africa, according to the same source.
2,246 drownings since 2014 in the eastern Mediterranean
The alert was given by a fisherman who found the body of the woman at sea, specifies the newspaper of the editors (Efsyn).
According to testimonies collected by the coast guard and the police, the inflatable boat was carrying nearly 40 exiles, including children, women, and people with reduced mobility.
"Unfortunately, we have once again innocent victims who have lost their lives because of the criminal attitude of the traffickers," Greek Navy Minister Yannis Plakiotakis said in a statement.
Two-month-old baby found dead after migrant shipwreck off
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The human tragedies in the Aegean Sea are on the increase due to the risks taken by migrants who board makeshift boats on a stormy or even raging sea in winter.
In December, a two-month-old baby was found dead after a shipwreck off the island of Lesbos.
Since 2014, 2,246 people fleeing wars and poverty have drowned in the eastern Mediterranean, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).