Seventeen children were among forty five refugees drowned off two Greek islands

Authorities in Greece reported that seventeen children were among forty five people that died in two separate incidents of boats smuggling refugees sinking off two Greek islands on Friday.

 

Officials with the coast guard said that a wooden boat carrying forty nine people sank off of Farmakonissi in the eastern Aegean and that a few hours later, another wooden boat carrying an unknown number of people sank off of Kalolimnos.

 

The coast guard said that they have rescued at least twenty six people and that a search continues for other survivors.

 

Authorities said that it is unclear just how many people remain missing.

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