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Death after an immigrant ship sank on the Greek coast

To date, 11 bodies have been recovered and another 90 left behind on the islet have been rescued overnight, according to the Greek Coast Guard.

As of December 19, this year, more than 116,000 asylum seekers have crossed the Mediterranean to reach EU countries, according to UNHCR. (Reuters)

At least 11 migrants died as dozens of people, including dozens of children, were rescued after a boat wrecked on a small island north of Antikythera, Greece.

According to the Hellenic Coast Guard, a boat carrying immigrants stranded on a rocky islet about 235 kilometers south of Athens on Thursday night.

“I am very sad to report that at least seven people were killed in the shipwreck in northern Antikythera,” tweeted the Greek office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

After the tweet, the diver helped recover four more bodies.

Search and rescue operations continued, with 27 children, 11 females and 52 men rescued.

The Coast Guard has released a video of rescue operations. It showed that people were put on a life raft and transferred to a patrol boat. The survivors were taken to the port of Piraeus near Athens.

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“Dangerous voyage for safety”

The wreck on Thursday occurred the day after a dinghy carrying immigrants capsized on Folegandros and killed at least three people.

Thirteen people have been rescued, but dozens remain missing, according to Greek officials.

Coast Guard officials told Agence France-Presse that some have 32 survivors on board, while others have said they are around 50.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees UNHCR said the Folegandros accident was the worst in the Aegean Sea this year.

“This shipwreck makes us realize that people continue to embark on dangerous voyages in search of safety,” said Adriano Silvestri, Deputy Representative of UNHCR in Greece.

UNHCR estimates that more than 2,500 people have died or gone missing at sea. Their attempt to reach Europe From January to November of this year.

After crossing the Greek islands near Turkey, nearly one million people, mainly Syrian refugees, arrived in the EU in 2015.

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