At Least Seven Dead as Migrant Dinghy Capsizes off Lesvos, Greece

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A new tragedy involving refugees and migrants took place in the early hours of Tuesday off the coast of the Greek island of Lesvos, in the northeast Aegean Sea.

At least seven individuals have been confirmed dead so far.

A dinghy carrying more than sixty people capsized under unknown circumstances 2.5 nautical miles off the coast of Pámfylla on Greece’s Lesvos (or Lesbos) Island.

At least fifty-eight people have been rescued so far both by Greece’s national Coast Guard and the European Border and Coast Guard Agency FRONTEX, which patrols the EU’s external borders.

A military Super Puma-type helicopter assisted the rescue operation in the region.

The vessel must have launched from the western coast of Turkey and the migrants were trying to reach the shores of Greece before the unfortunate incident occurred on the open water.