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Greece reports third migrant shipwreck in days, survivors sought

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<div> <p><span class="caps">ATHENS</span> – At least two people died and 57 rescued when their boat overturned off the Greek island of Paros in the central Aegean Sea on Friday, the country’s coastguard said.</p> <p>Authorities scrambled a search and rescue operation north-west of the island of Paros, in what was thought to be the third shipwreck this week involving migrants in Greek waters.</p> <p>Air and sea assets were deployed to the area, the coastguard said.</p> <p>Greece’s semi-official Athens News Agency reported that 80 people were believed to have been on the vessel, which it described as a sailboat. The circumstances under which it capsized were unclear, it said.</p> <p>Earlier, Greek authorities said they had recovered 11 bodies from the scene of another shipwreck, when a sailboat carrying migrants sank off an uninhabited islet in southern Greece on Thursday.</p> <p>Another 90 people were rescued in that operation. The coastguard said initial information suggested the migrants had been headed for Italy. </p> <p>Greece is one of the main routes into the European Union for migrants and refugees from Africa, the Middle East and beyond, though the flow has tapered off since 2015-2016, when more than a million people traversed the country to other EU states.</p> <p>Overnight between Tuesday and Wednesday a boat thought to have been carrying up to 50 migrants sank off the island of Folegandros, with dozens feared missing.</p> <p/> </div>