At least 16 migrants dead in Greece after the third boat accident in a week

The bodies of 12 males, three women, and a baby were discovered from the location, according to the country's semi-official Athens News Agency

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In the third boat accident involving immigrants this week, a boat capsized off the Greek island of Paros in the central Aegean Sea on Friday, resulting in the deaths of at least 16 people.

Overnight, authorities launched a search and rescue operation northwest of Paros. The coastguard confirmed that air and sea resources had been mobilized to the area. The three disasters are suspected to have killed more than 30 people.

Greece has been one of the primary entry points into the European Union for migrants and refugees from Africa, the Middle East, and some other parts of the world, but the flow has diminished since 2015-2016 when more than a million people passed through the country on their way to other EU countries.

The bodies of 12 males, three women, and a baby were discovered from the location, according to the country’s semi-official Athens News Agency.

The events surrounding the ship’s capsize were unidentified.

The tragedy, according to Greece’s shipping minister Giannis Plakiotakis, was influenced by increased trafficking gangs.

In a written statement, he said

The gangs are indifferent to human life, stacking dozens of people, without lifejackets, in vessels which do not conform to the most basic of safety standards

Greek authorities confirmed earlier on Friday that they had retrieved 11 remains from the location of another disaster, which struck on Thursday when a sailboat carrying migrants capsized off an abandoned islet in southern Greece.

In the operation, another 90 people were saved. According to the coastguard, initial intelligence showed that those people were also on their way to Italy.

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