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28 feared dead in migrant tragedy off Greek coast

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Only one male survivor has been found by Greek coastguards following the sinking on Saturday of a small boat loaded with migrants near the island of Lesvos.

The man says the boat set off from the nearby Turkish coast with 27 Iraqi passengers and the captain. Some 20 bodies have been recovered.

“They are looking around the coast to find anyone alive. It is a tragedy. We have heard that 28 people were in the boat. It is a tragedy,” said coastguard Kostas Fatas.

There was a safer outcome for 440 African migrants on two boats that managed to reach the Italian island of Lampedusa. Italian coastguards say they probably came from Libya, and were detected when still out at sea before being escorted into the harbour.