Greek coast guard: Wooden boat carrying migrants collides with patrol boat, sinks; 8 missing

October 15, 2015 9:56 AM

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ATHENS, Greece – Greece's coast guard says eight people are missing after a wooden boat carrying migrants or refugees attempting to reach the eastern Aegean island of Lesbos sank after colliding with a patrol boat during a rescue operation.

The coast guard says 31 people on board were rescued, and the survivors reported eight people were missing. Thursday's incident occurred half a nautical mile north of Lesbos, the island that has been the entry point of the majority of those making the journey from the nearby Turkish coast.

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