22 drown as migrants' boats sink off Greek coast

Two boats carrying migrants from Africa to Europe capsized in the Aegean sea, and Greek coast guard officials reported 22 died and 10 are missing.
By Ed Adamczyk Follow @adamczyk_ed Contact the Author   |   May 5, 2014 at 1:07 PM

ATHENS, Greece, May 5 (UPI) -- Two boats carrying migrants from Africa to Europe capsized in the Aegean Sea Monday, drowning at least 22 people with ten more missing, the Greek coast guard reported.

The two vessels sank four miles off the coast of the Greek island of Samos. A search for the missing, involving two helicopters, a navy warship and a cruise liner, is in progress. One survivor, a child, 3, was transferred to an Athens hospital.

Officials have not determined the identities or nationalities of the migrants.

Thousands of migrants from war-torn African countries have been arriving in European Union countries in search of asylum. They typically depart North Africa in overcrowded and often unseaworthy boats and attempt to traverse the Mediterranean Sea. The numbers have increased since 2011, when unrest in North African countries, and a civil war in Syria, began.

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