ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The bodies of four drowned immigrants, believed to be Syrians and including a pregnant woman and a teenage girl, were found on a beach on the Greek holiday island of Kos Friday, after a boat carrying immigrants illegally into the country from nearby Turkey was reported to have sunk.
The Merchant Marine Ministry said the bodies were discovered near the northern tip of the Aegean Sea island, and also included another woman and one man. A coast guard search was launched Thursday after a man who said he was Syrian told authorities he had survived the boat sinking but that 12 other people were on board.
The ministry said coast guard and private vessels were involved in the effort, while remote parts of the island's coastline were also being inspected by authorities on land. Greece is the busiest crossing point for illegal immigration in the European Union.