Rescued man says he let go of son (6) at sea to save others
Greek coastguard crews searching for body of boy after boat sank near Kos
A child from Syria looks outside a bus as the ferry ‘Eleftherios Venizelos’ is reflected on it, after its arrival this week at port of Piraeus near Athens, Greece, carrying about 2,500 Syrian refugees who landed on the Greek islands of Lesvos and Kos. Photograph: Orestis Panagiotou/EPA
Greek coastguard crews are searching for the body of a six-year-old boy and have recovered the body of another child after the boat they were on sank near the island of Kos.
The coastguard said one of the 14 survivors of the overnight sinking told rescuers he let go of the body of his young son to save his remaining family members. Ten people were rescued from the water, and four managed to swim to shore.
It comes as Greek ferries are tied up in port for a fourth day, trapping thousands of refugees on eastern Aegean islands as well as stranding tens of thousands of residents and preventing agricultural produce from reaching mainland markets.
The anti-austerity strike, which began on Monday, is to continue until Friday morning. Pressure has mounted on the seamen’s union to allow exceptions for ferries chartered to transport the refugees and other migrants.
After receiving registration papers on the islands, the refugees take ferries to the mainland, from where they head to the northern border.