Video from the morning search and rescue operations for migrants in Samos and Lesvos was released by the Coast Guard.

It is noted that in the early hours of the morning it is open Samos were spotted by the Coast Guard during patrol, 37 people riding in an inflatable boat. In sight of a coastguard vessel, one of the occupants tore open the inflatable dinghy and all were thrown into the sea.

A search and rescue procedure followed. Two of them, a woman and a baby, were found unconscious. Cardio-respiratory resuscitation (CPR) was performed on both and the baby was saved, unfortunately the unfortunate woman concluded.

In another incident, at 6 in the morning, in Turkish territorial waters off her coast Lesvosthe Coast Guard rounded up 22 people.

Unfortunately, despite the first aid provided to them, the four of them ended. This is a infant 11 months, two girls, 8 years old and 14 years old and a boy 8 years old.

Condolences to Varvitsiotis for the deaths of 4 children and a woman

The Minister of Shipping and Island Policy Miltiadis Varvitsiotis expressed his deep sorrow for the loss of our fellow citizens today, on the occasion of the two rescue incidents of irregular migrants in Lesvos and Samos where four children and one woman lost their lives.

Mr. Varvitsiotis emphasized that the wretched networks of smugglers and their accomplices in Turkey and Greece, in the face of profit, continue to endanger the lives of our innocent fellow human beings, even children.

“Those who tear apart boats, throw engines overboard and expose even babies to extreme dangers are arrested as responsible for causing shipwrecks. This practice is criminal and traffickers are murderers. And this is how they should be treated by the Greek justice system,” said the minister.