Six migrants reported missing after boat discovered in Greece

Greek authorities on Thursday launched sea-and-air operations to find six people who went missing after their boat was discovered in the southeastern Aegean Sea island of Leros.

The migrants reached Greek beach after crossing from the Turkish coast in an inflatable vessel.

In a separate operation, Greece’s coast guard said another 85 migrants were picked up from a vessel as they were heading toward Italy. All the migrants were in good health and taken to an anchorage off the southern port of Kalamata.

Greece also discovered another 49 people from a seashore on Leros, but the migrants who left on the small vessel from Turkey, said they were 55 people in total.  

The individuals were in good health, and Greece’s coast guard is looking to find the missing individuals in the Mediterranean Sea.

Greece has long been a key vacation spot for emigrants from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Africa to embark on a deadly sea journey to reach Europe in search of peaceful life away from war and poverty.  

Greece had recently said they have dispatched additional troops to the sea and land borders to prevent the inflow of refugees from Turkey.

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