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Greek Coastguards Recover 18 Migrants’ Bodies After Dinghy Sinks

December 15, 2012

Greek coastguards recovered the bodies of at least 18 migrants who drowned off the island of Lesvos after their boat sank in heavy seas.

The dead were part of a group of 28 men, women and children who had left Turkey yesterday for the Greek island of Mytilene, the coastguard said in a statement on its website today, citing an unidentified survivor. Their dinghy sank in high waves within an hour of leaving the Turkish coast, the coastguard said. The nationalities of the group couldn’t immediately be determined.

The coastguard’s search-and-rescue operation continues.

To contact the reporter on this story: Paul Tugwell in Athens at ptugwell1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Jerrold Colten at jcolten@bloomberg.net


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