Four More Refugees Drown Off Lesbos

A man carries a child as they disembark a rubber boat on the northern shore of Lesbos, Greece, Monday, Nov. 2, 2015. The number of smuggling boats crossing over to Greece from the nearby Turkish coast fell in the last days as strong winds raked the eastern Aegean Sea, but some still attempted the dangerous crossing. (AP Photo/Marko Drobnjakovic)

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.