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Greek Coast Guard Boat Slams Refugee Dinghy, Killing 3-Year-Old Boy

October 24, 2019

A Greek Coast Guard vessel patrolling off the Aegean island of Kos accidentally rammed a rubber dinghy full of refugees and migrants, killing a 3-year-old boy and injuring six people, officials said as more keep coming to Greek islands in hopes of being granted asylum.

There were no lights on the dinghy when it happened at dawn on Oct. 24, the report said, with the accident causing it to capsize and throwing 34 people into the water, including a 28-year-old man who was found safe while rescue operations were also underway and a 26-year-old man still unaccounted for, said Kathimerini.

The injured were transferred to the hospital in Kos. No further details were given about their condition.

Α vessel from the European Union border patrol Frontex in the area initially rescued 31 people and was joined by three Greek Coast Guard boats, a Super Puma helicopter and a privately-owned boat. A Navy underwater unit was also searching the area.

There has been a surge in refugees and migrants with Greek islands holding more than 28,000 in detention centers and camps and another 50,000 on the mainland with the government moving more and vowing to send 10,000 deemed ineligible for sanctuary back to Turkey, where they had first gone fleeing war and strife in their homelands.

The EU closed its borders to them, leaving the problem largely on Greece during a long-running economic crisis that has given the option only of being granted asylum or being returned to Turkey and an unknown fate but they still keep coming anyway.

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