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At least 16 migrants die and 30 more are missing after two boats sink off Greek islands

After two separate events in Greek waters, at least 16 migrants died and 30 others are still missing.

After their boat capsized in stormy weather, 80 migrants were rescued near Kythira island in southern Greece.

After dozens of people scrambled to shore near Diakofti’s village port, the rescuers arrived.

One resident said that the boat was “smashing against rocks” and that people were climbing up the rocks to save themselves.

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Martha Stathaki stated, “It was an incredible sight.” “All of the residents went down to the harbour and tried to help.”

Rescuers brought ropes down to safety, and helped survivors climb up the cliffs.

According to rescuers, around 15 people were still missing.

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Image: A group of migrants waits at the base of a cliff in Kythira, as waves hit them. Pic by AP

Local officials stated that a nearby school was also open to offer shelter for people who have been saved.

Many people are still missing so navy divers will continue to search the area on Thursday.

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Rescuers have recovered 16 bodies from the area of Lesbos Island, further east. This happened after a dinghy with around 40 people became in difficulty on Wednesday night.

Nine people were saved, and approximately 15 others remain missing.

The majority of migrants to Greece come from Turkey. However, smugglers have switched routes in recent months to avoid the heavily patrolled waters surrounding Greek islands.

In recent years, Greece has stepped up its migration policies and routinely intercepts boats at sea. This move has been criticized by human rights groups.

Turkey has been repeatedly blamed by the country for failing to take sufficient steps to prevent migrants from dangerously traveling.

Kythira lies approximately 250 miles (450 km) west of Turkey. It is part of an often used route by smugglers in order to bypass Greece and go directly to Italy.

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