Two dead as migrant boat capsizes on eastern Greek island


Migrants arrive in a dinghy on the island of Kos in southeastern Greece after crossing from Turkey on August 13, 2015. (Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP Photo)

ATHENS, Greeceā€”At least two people drowned after an overloaded boat carrying nearly 30 migrants sank on the eastern Aegean island of Kos on Wednesday, authorities said.

Twenty-four people were rescued from the sinking site, and a man and a woman were found dead, according to the Greek Coast Guard. A Coast Guard statement added that survivors reported that the boat had 27 of her people on board, with one missing.

Several ships and two aircraft are searching for other potential survivors, according to a statement.

Migrant plastic boats were detected by infrared cameras as they approached the island of Kos, and patrol boats sent to investigate said, “Overloaded polyester speedboats swamped and capsized in the miserable strait. ” I discovered.

The nationality of the immigrants was not immediately clear.

The boat sank off the east coast of Kos and is believed to have departed from the nearby Turkish coast. Thousands of migrants, mostly from the Middle East and Africa, try to cross from Turkey to the eastern Greek islands each year.