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As Merkel, Erdogan discuss refugee crisis, more die in Aegean

TAGS: Migration

As German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan prepared to discuss the refugee crisis in Istanbul on Sunday, at least five more migrants died in the Aegean.

A boy was pronounced dead after arriving on the island of Farmakonisi with another 109 migrants aboard a smuggling vessel. According to an account by the boy's parents, who were also on the boat, the child fell off the boat close to shore. He was pulled back aboard but remained unconscious and was pronounced dead by a local doctor.

In another incident, off Kastellorizo, a sailing boat reported the discovery of a dead baby on Sunday morning. A Coast Guard vessel was subsequently dispatched and discovered the bodies of two women and a small boy.

According to the accounts of the 11 survivors, a man remained unaccounted for. 

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