Afghan boy, 10, found dead off Lesvos in migrant boat


The body of 10-year-old Afghan boy was found in a boat carrying 66 migrants to the eastern Aegean island of Lesvos on Saturday.

The boy, who had set off from Turkey with his parents and two younger brothers, is said to have suffocated as other passengers tried to get on board a Frontex vessel from Bulgaria which located their boat east of Lesvos.

When Frontex officers approached the boat, they found the boy. The 10-year-old was transferred to the hospital in Mytilene, where doctors declared him dead.

On hearing the news of the boy’s death, his mother tried to drown herself at the port of Mytilene. She was stopped by coast guard officers.