The body of a second migrant has been located in waters off the Greek island of Lesbos after a boat carrying more than 30 people sank.
The body of the victim, a female, was recovered by the Greek Hellenic coast guard.
The coast guard confirmed on Thursday, December 3, that a second body had been found off the island of Lesbos, believed to be that of a migrant missing from a shipwreck the previous day.
On Wednesday authorities reported that a woman had drowned and another was missing after their inflatable boat sank, adding that they managed to pull 32 people from the water.
“A second body has been found,” a coast guard press officer announced on Thursday, adding that no migrants are now believed to be missing.
The press officer added that both victims were Somali women aged 20, but said there were no further details of the second body found. The Lesbos news site StoNisi reported that all of the rescued migrants were Somali.
Earlier on Wednesday, the Greek migration minister, Notis Mitarakis, had told parliament that the Turkish coast guard had spotted the boat after it issued a distress call, but allowed it to sail on to Greek waters.
On Twitter, Mitarakis expressed his sorrow at the loss of life and praised the coast guard.
32 people rescued in shipwreck off #Lesvos earlier today, 2 still missing, while search & rescue operation continues.
Our team stands ready to support the men, women & children who continue make perilous journeys to reach safety, while we hope all missing persons will be found. pic.twitter.com/s1NvyjwU2W
— UNHCR Greece (@UNHCRGreece) December 2, 2020
Lesbos is one of the main points where migrants arrive on the EU’s southeastern border. Many boats that attempt the crossing sink, especially due to strong winds and overcrowding.
On November 9, the body of a six-year-old boy was found off the island of Samos after a boat sank, while seven people were recovered alive.