Swimming to safety after migrant boat capsized

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Scenes of panic as survivors scramble to come to shore on the Greek Islands of Rhodes. It was a perilous journey — as migrants crammed into wooden sailboat had been seeking refuge from conflict and

Swimming to safety after migrant boat capsized

Scenes of panic as survivors scramble to come to shore on the Greek Islands of Rhodes.

It was a perilous journey — as migrants crammed into wooden sailboat had been seeking refuge from conflict and poverty.

A Syrian man from Aleppo says too many people were on board.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) SYRIAN REFUGEE RESCUED FROM CAPSIZED BOAT, MUHAMMAD, SAYING:

“Suddenly, when we reach to this beach was very big stone and she crashed boat and boat is broken. Everyone is afraid, everyone throw his self in the sea. Majority of them cannot swim. But about me, I swim. You know, there is three people is dead, they cannot swim.”

He says there is no life left in Aleppo.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) SYRIAN REFUGEE RESCUED FROM CAPSIZED BOAT, MUHAMMAD, SAYING:

“We left from Syria for the situation. The situation too much bad. There is no safe never at all. You cannot walk in the street, never. You cannot to do anything. There is no electricity. There is no water. There is no anything. There is no life there.”

Coast guard officials say two men were arrested after the rescued immigrants identified them as the smugglers.

European leaders are trying to step up efforts to prevent the drowning, but with so many having so little to lose, it’s a journey still worth the risk to those who survive the trip.

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