Women and children among seven immigrants to die in latest Aegean tragedy - two still missing 

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Since the early hours of this morning (Tuesday) the Greek Coast Guard has been conducting a rescue operation off the coast of the island of Mytilini, searching for irregular immigrants after the vessel they were travelling in sank. Eight people have been rescued while another seven bodies have been recovered with two still missing.
According to the Shipping Ministry, the operation in the sea northeast of the Koraka point of Mytilini began after two irregular immigrants were pulled from the waters by a passing Turkish cargo ship.

Following their rescue they informed the crew that they had been travelling in a small launch with another 15 people. The alarm was raised and a search and rescue operation was launched for the remaining people with civilian and Turkish and Greek Coast Guard vessels participating.

Eight people have been rescued in total while another seven bodies have been recovered. Among the dead are two women and three children. The Coast Guard is continuing the operation as it believes that there were another two people travelling in the boat who are still unaccounted for.

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