Officials of the Greek Coast Guard said that two weeks after two fatal accidents involving ships carrying migrants in the area, the body of a young child had been recovered from the Aegean Sea.
ATHENS, Greece — Officials of the Greek Coast Guard said that two weeks after two fatal accidents involving ships carrying migrants in the area, the body of a young child was found in the Aegean Sea on Saturday.
The body was found near Naxos. Authorities estimated late Saturday that the victim was 85 cm (33.5 inches) tall and about three years old.
The body will be taken to Piraeus, the port of the capital, Athens, for forensic examination.
On Thursday, four other bodies were found, belonging to a man, a woman, and two girls under the age of teenagers. Three of them were located on the island of Naxos and the other was located on the nearby island of Paros.
On December 22, 12 people, all believed to be from Iraq, were rescued from an inflatable boat near Folegandros in the southern Cyclades, 180 kilometers (112 miles) southeast of Athens. The bodies of three unidentified men were salvaged from the sea.
Survivors of the incident said at least 17 people were missing.
Two days later, 41 people were rescued after a sailboat carrying about 80 migrants capsized in the northwest of Paros.
The UN refugee agency said that in 2021, more than 116,000 asylum seekers will cross the Mediterranean to reach EU countries. The agency stated that 55% of people went to Italy illegally, 35% to Spain, 7% to Greece, and the rest to Malta and Cyprus.