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An immigration ship carrying 34 migrants sank in Greek waters, killing one person and missing one person.

An immigration ship carrying 34 migrants sank in Greek waters, killing one person and missing one person.

An immigration ship carrying 34 migrants sank in Greek waters, killing one person and missing one person.

According to Greek media reports, in the early morning of December 2, local time, a small boat carrying 34 Somali immigrants sank in the northeast waters of Lesbos, Greece. A 20-year-old woman drowned and another adult woman disappeared.

After the accident, the Greek Coast Guard and the European Union Border Police Agency sent patrol boats to the scene to carry out rescue. The Greek military also sent a helicopter to participate in the search and rescue, and then rescued 32 immigrants, including 15 adult men, 14 adult women and 3 children. Rescued migrants have been transferred to Kara Tepe refugee camp on Lesbos Island.

According to Greek media reports, Greek Immigration Minister Notis Mitarachi issued a statement on December 2, expressing regret for the shipwreck and the death. He also stressed that the migrant ship sent a distress signal at the time of the accident, but the patrol boat of the nearby Turkish Coast Guard did not take rescue operations.

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