Migrants arrive in Greece as rescue operations continue in the Aegean sea following the capsizing of two boats which claimed the lives of at least 43 men, women and children. Roselle Chen reports.
Thousands of migrants arrive on the Greek mainland despite two shipwrecks in one day in the Aegean sea, which claimed the lives of at least 43 people including 17 children. Among the arrivals... over 2,200 migrants, mostly Syrians, unloading from this passenger ferry. They come …. despite the wintry weather which caused two boats to capsize off the Turkish coast Friday, marking one of the deadliest days for migrants risking the perilous route from Europe to Turkey. One of the rescued migrants from the boat-sinking described his near-death experience. (SOUNDBITE) (English) RESCUED SYRIAN MIGRANT SAYING: "Yes, it (the boat) stopped (Journalist asks: "without oil"?). Yeah, without oil, and the water began to fall inside it, then around and crashed down." Kaua is a Kurdish man who fled Syria with his wife and little baby. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MIGRANT FROM SYRIA, KAUA, SAYING: "Between Didim area from, in Turkey to Mytilene island it's very, very hard time because we stayed about two hours in the water with about forty-five persons, about ten children, women, children with women." The total number of migrant arrivals to Europe by sea surged to about 37,000 in January, usually a slow month due to the bad weather that makes their journey all the more treacherous.