Greek authorities say four more people have drowned off the eastern island of Lesbos, after an accident involving a boat with nearly 50 migrants on board who had crossed over from nearby Turkey.
The Coast Guard said that about 40 people were saved by a patrol boat, while a man, two women and a child were later rescued from the sea. The dead were identified as two men and two children. No others were listed as missing.
Lesbos is Europe’s main landing point for a flood of refugees and other migrants, mostly from the Middle East, who arrive in thousands daily seeking a better life in the continent.
Nearly 100 people have drowned over the past six days, in overcrowded boats provided at a high charge by smuggling gangs.