3 migrants dead after boat capsizes off Greek island

Refugees and migrants aboard an inflatable boat arrive in the Greek island of Lesbos on March 2, 2020. - Around 500 migrants landed on Sunday morning in around 10 vessels, according to an AFP tally, their crossing made easier by the good weather conditions. Another four vessels carrying 120 people landed on the neighbouring island of Chios, and two vessels carrying 80 migrants landed on Samos, further to the south, ANA reported. According to the Greek coastguard, around 180 migrants arrived Saturday on Lesbos and Samos, making the crossing from Turkey despite strong winds. (Photo by ARIS MESSINIS / AFP)

Greece’s coastguard late on Sunday said it had found three bodies during a search for survivors after a migrant boat sank off the eastern Greek island of Symi, Turkish Minute reported, citing Agence France-Presse.

According to a statement, eight people were found alive during the rescue operation that is underway with ships and a helicopter.

The weather conditions off the Dodecanese island are good.

Sources told AFP that at least two more people are thought to be missing.

Thousands of migrants, mostly from Syria, Afghanistan and Pakistan, have entered Greece in recent years from the sea and land borders with Turkey.

Following a strict migration policy, Greece has stepped up patrols in the Aegean Sea between Greece and Turkey with the help of the European Border Surveillance Agency, Frontex.

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