At least four migrants dead after boat sinks off Lesvos

At least four migrants died after their boat sank northeast of Lesvos island in the eastern Aegean, according to a report by public broadcaster ERT.

It added that nineteen others survived and were subsequently rescued by coast guard personnel. They have been securely transported to the port of Mytiline.

A search and rescue operation is currently in progress.

Greek authorities report hundreds of migrant arrivals on islands over the past three days

More than 300 migrants have arrived on Greek islands, most near the Turkish coast, over the past three days in separate incidents reported by the coast guard.

On Thursday, the coast guard said authorities had found 107 people the previous day on the islands of Samos, Mykonos and the tiny island of Ro, which lies in the Mediterranean off the southern coast of Turkey.

Coast Guard rescues 11 off Lesvos

The Hellenic Coast Guard rescued 11 people off the island of Lesvos on Wednesday after reports of a sinking vessel. At approximately 11.30 a.m. Coast Guard ships spotted the semi-submerged boat and rescued 10 men and a woman who were taken to the port of Mitylene and the Welcome and Identification Center at Kara Tepe.

Record tourism revenue seen

Tourism revenue could reach a record €21 billion in 2023, a National Bank of Greece report estimates.

The final amount will certainly smash the record €18.17 billion receipts of 2019, the final year before the Covid-19 pandemic. While tourism recovered strongly in 2022, after two lean years, revenue, at €17.63 billion, fell short of a new record.