Seven migrants killed in boat sinking off Turkey coast

Afghan immigrants living in Athens hold candles and pictures of children who died during an incident near the island of Farmakonissi, near the Greek-Turkish border, during a protest in front of the Greek parliament on Feb 7

Authorities in Greece said March 18 they had recovered the bodies of seven immigrants who drowned overnight when a boat sank in the eastern Aegean Sea after traveling illegally from Turkey.

The Merchant Marine Ministry said another eight people were rescued near the island of Lesvos (Midilli). Two of the bodies were found in the water off the coast of the island, while the other five were recovered from their semi-sunken boat.

Authorities were still searching for two more migrants believed missing from the boat. Three coast guard vessels, a helicopter and private boats were involved in the search.

The migrants’ nationalities and details of how the boat sank were not immediately known…