A 22-year-old Syrian refugee missing since last Monday has been found dead, Evros authorities reported on Sunday (13/9). The unlucky man apparently drowned in an effort to cross the Axios River in the Evzones region in Evros and was swept away by the current. He was found on Saturday morning by a shepherd, washed up on the river shore, and identified by his 20-year-old brother.
The Syrian, along with a group of his compatriots, had attempted to cross the borders into the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) early last Monday morning but was unable to enter the neighbouring country’s territory and turned back to Eidomeni.
The young Syrian attempted to “take a shortcut” by diving into the river but had not properly estimated the depth of the water at that point. His companions at first attempted to find him themselves, not alerting any local residents or the authorities until the evening of the same day.