Greek coast guard rescues 2,561 migrants over the weekend

Greek coast guard rescues 2,561 migrants over the weekend

Greece's coast guard says it has rescued 2,561 people in dozens of incidents in the eastern Aegean over the weekend as Europe's refugee crisis continues unabated.

The coast guard said Monday the rescues occurred in 69 operations from Friday morning until Monday morning near eight Aegean islands. The number doesn't include those who make it ashore themselves from the nearby Turkish coast, often in overcrowded and unseaworthy vessels.

On Sunday, the bodies of two women, a baby and a teenager were recovered near the remote island of KastelLorizo after their vessel overturned, while 12 others were rescued by a passing sailing boat.

The deaths came a day after a 7-year-old boy died after falling into the water from a boat carrying 80 people who reached the island of Farmakonisi.


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