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Two Children Among Four Dead After Migrant Boat Capsizes Off Greece

The fatal drownings were the first in this area of the Mediterranean Sea for several weeks.
Paramedics escort people who were rescued at sea at the port of Mytilene on the island of Lesbos on July 13, 2016.
Paramedics escort people who were rescued at sea at the port of Mytilene on the island of Lesbos on July 13, 2016.

ATHENS (Reuters) - Four people drowned and six were rescued when a small boat laden with migrants overturned on Wednesday off the Greek island of Lesbos, the country’s coastguard said.

Wednesday’s fatalities were the first in the area for some weeks after a European Union deal with Turkey that has helped stem the flow of migrants making the narrow but precarious sea crossing from Turkish shores to outlying Greek islands.

Those who survived said there were 11 people in total on the boat, the coastguard said. The victims included two children.

Hundreds of thousands of people fleeing conflict arrived in Europe through the Greek islands in 2015.

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