17 dead migrants in Lesvos shipwreck – Missing also in Kythira – Video


16 of 17 victims on Lesvos are young women of African descent – 17th victim is a minor boy – Ten women rescued so far

One more body, of a minor boy, was found in the wreck of Lesvos, raising the number of victims to 17. Migrant rescue operations by the Coast Guard continue both in Kythera as much and Lesvos.

16 of the 17 victims in the Petalidi marine area of ​​Thermi in eastern Lesvos are young women of African origin.

Young women of African origin are also ten saved who were taken to the Mytilini Hospital, where they were offered first aid.

The bodies of the victims are taken to the morgue.

At the same time, the Coast Guard, the Greek Police, the Fire Brigade and the Army with the help of a Super Puma helicopter of the Air Force are operating in the area looking for other missing people, since according to testimony there were 40 people on board the boat.

The boat, as estimated, left late last night from the Ayasmat area near Ayvali, under particularly adverse conditions. In the sea strait between Lesbos and the coast of Asia Minor, winds of intensity seven and locally eight Beaufort were blowing and continue to blow.


Shipwreck in Kythira

In the Diakofti Kytheraso far 80 migrants have been rescued after a sailboat hit a rocky sea area.

Of those rescued, 18 are minors, seven women and 55 men. The Port Authority’s search for the 15 missing continues in adverse weather conditions due to strong winds of up to 10 Beaufort.

Eleven of the rescued were transferred to the General Hospital of Kythira, for further medical examination. As it became known, a total of 95 migrants were on board the sailboat that crashed on the rocks and sank.

At the scene are a floating ship, a Navy helicopter, officials of the relevant Port Authority, police and fire brigade officials as well as volunteer rescuers.

An open sea ship of the port corps, a Special Missions Echelon of the Coast Guard and a team of the Underwater Missions Unit are moving there.

A resident described seeing the boat crash on the rocks and people climbing onto them to save themselves.

“It was an incredible sight,” said Martha Stathakis. “All the residents here came down to the harbor to try and help.”

Rescuers lowered ropes onto the beach to help survivors climb the rocks to safety.

Local authorities opened a school to offer shelter to the rescued.

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