Migrants rescued near Farmakonisi and Symi islands

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A Coast Guard lifeboat rescued 23 migrants on a boat in the sea area southwest of Farmakonisi in the Eastern Aegean.

According to the Coast Guard, there were 10 men, six women, five girls and two boys who were taken to the port of Agia Marina in Leros.

Also, a patrol boat of the Coast Guard, which was on a scheduled patrol, spotted 24 migrants (18 men, 3 women and 3 boys) on a beach in Symi.

The Coast Guard rescued the migrants, who were safely transported to the port of Symi.

It is recalled that the Greek coastguard reported late on Sunday that it had discovered three bodies as part of a search for survivors following the sinking of a migrant boat off the eastern Greek island of Symi.

In a statement, it was noted that eight individuals were found alive during the ongoing rescue operation, which involved the deployment of ships and a helicopter. The weather conditions around the Dodecanese island are favourable.

Sources informed AFP that at least two additional individuals are believed to be missing.

In recent years, thousands of migrants, primarily from Syria, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, have entered Greece via both sea and land borders with Turkey.

In adherence to its rigorous migration policy, Greece has bolstered patrols in the Aegean Sea, the stretch of water between Greece and Turkey, with the assistance of the European Border Surveillance Agency, Frontex.

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