3-year-old refugee drowns near Greek island after engine explodes
ATHENS – Agence France-Presse
A man carries a child as migrants and refugees walk toward a dinghy to travel to the Greek island of Chios from Çesme in the Turkish province of Izmir on Nov 9. AFP photoA three-year-old refugee boy drowned early on Nov. 14 near the Greek island of Chios after the engine of the boat his group was sailing in exploded, the Greek coastguard said.
The explosion threw the boat occupants into the water as it lay immobilized in shallows east of the island, the coastguard said.
Fifteen other people were rescued, including two that required hospitalisation, it said.
An 18-year-old was arrested as a suspected trafficker.
Greece has been overwhelmed this year by a migration crisis unseen in Europe since World War II.
The United Nations said Nov. 13 that over 800,000 people have crossed the Mediterranean to Europe this year, with over 3,400 dying in the process.
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will travel to Turkey next week to press the country's leaders to take a stronger stance against refugee traffickers.