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Drowned toddler becomes first 2016 migrant casualty in the Aegean

Life vests left by migrants and refugees after arriving on the shores of the Greek island of Lesbos after crossing the Aegean Sea from Turkey are seen on November 12, 2015A drowned two-year-old boy became the first known migrant casualty of the year on Saturday after the crowded dinghy he was travelling in slammed into rocks off Greece’s Agathonisi island, the coastguard said. The rubber vessel had set off from Turkey in the early morning in windy weather. The charity Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS), which helps save migrants and refugees at sea, deployed its fast-rescue Responder boat to help bring the stranded passengers to safety in a joint operation with the Hellenic coastguard.

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