Dramatic photos show Syrian refugee’s courageous swim to Greek island #CNNYAW

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A Syrian refugee shows his exhaustion as he struggles to swim toward a beach on the Greek island of Lesbos.

 A Syrian refugee struggles as he approaches a beach on the Greek island of Lesbos after jumping from an overcrowded dinghy while crossing a part of the Aegean Sea from Turkey on Sept. 17.  CNNYAW
A Syrian refugee struggles as he approaches a beach on the Greek island of Lesbos after jumping from an overcrowded dinghy while crossing a part of the Aegean sea from Turkey September 17, 2015. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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Dinghies overcrowded with Afghan and Syrian refugees arrives at a beach on the Greek island of Lesbos after crossing a part of the Aegean sea from Turkey (seen in the background) September 17, 2015. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis
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A local man helps a Syrian refugee who jumped off board from a dinghy as he swims exhausted at a beach on the Greek island of Lesbos September 17, 2015. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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Dinghies overcrowded with Afghan and Syrian refugees approach a beach on the Greek island of Lesbos after crossing a part of the Aegean sea from Turkey (seen in the background) September 17, 2015. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis
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Syrian and Afghan refugees fall into the sea after their dinghy deflated some 100m away before reaching the Greek island of Lesbos, in this September 13, 2015 file photo. It took a photograph of a drowned toddler washed up on a Turkish beach to achieve what a United Nations agency with 9,300 staff and a budget of $4 billion could not: soften European views on the refugee crisis. To match Insight EUROPE-MIGRANTS/UNHCR REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis/Files

The unidentified man had jumped off an overcrowded dinghy while crossing the Aegean Sea from Turkey – part of a tide of migrants escaping war-ravaged countries in the Middle East and Asia.

Greece said on Thursday that it was possible that large numbers of refugees from Syria may be about to seek entry into the country from its land border with Turkey.

It would be a relatively new entry point to Greece for the migrants, tens of thousands of whom have braved small boats and rough seas to get from Turkey to Greek islands such as Kos and Lesbos before continuing into the European Union.

“From our side, we are preparing for a possible new wave from the Evros border,” Rodolphos Moronis, spokesman for Greece’s pre-election caretaker government, told Reuters.

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