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article imageTurkish boat sinks off Greek island, 20 immigrants dead

By Katerina Nikolas     Dec 15, 2012 in World
A search is underway for any remaining survivors after a small Turkish boat carrying 27 illegal migrants sank near the Greek island of Lesvos.
Twenty corpses have so far been found by Greek coast guards after a small Turkish boat capsized and sank in the Aegean Sea, 1.6 km off the coast of Lesvos. According to To Vima there were 28 people on board the boat, the captain, and 27 migrants including children. The boat had set sail from Turkey on Thursday.
The boat was discovered Saturday morning and a 20-year-old survivor, wearing a life-jacket, was transported to hospital in Lesvos.
The Independent reported a police spokesman said the "survivor told coast guard authorities all the immigrants were from Iraq and had paid about 2,000 dollars per head to be transported to the island."
Since Greece stepped up the border controls on the Greek - Turkish land border the Greek islands have replaced Evros as the popular entry point for illegals.
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