Migrant killed, two missing in Greek coastguard

Agence France-Presse  . Athens | Published: 11:53, Oct 23,2019


Refugees and migrants wait to be transferred to camps on the mainland, at the port of Elefsina near Athens Greece, on October 22, 2019. — Reuters photo

A migrant was killed, six were hurt and two missing on Wednesday after a migrant boat collided with a Greek coastguard patrol vessel, officials said.

The collision occurred near the Aegean island of Kos, the coastguard said, adding that the migrant boat, carrying 34 people, had no lights on.

A man and a child were reported missing and the injured taken to a hospital on Kos.

Greece is facing increased arrivals of migrants and refugees from neighbouring Turkey, with hundreds landing daily.

The government has vowed to stiffen its response with stepped-up patrols to deter migrant boats.

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