At least 22 migrants drown as boat capsizes in Aegean Sea
BODRUM – Doğan News Agency
At least 22 migrants, including four children, have drowned while 211 migrants have been rescued after a Kos-bound boat capsized in the Aegean Sea.
The 20-meter wooden boat, which was also used for boat tours, capsized at around 6 a.m. on Sept. 15 off the coast of Turkey’s southwestern Datça district.
The boat was en route to the Greek island of Kos with an unknown number of migrants.
Five coast guard boats were dispatched to the crash site, and 211 migrants were rescued while the bodies of the 22 drowned migrants were recovered from the sea.
Rescued migrants are being brought to Turkey's Aegean coastal town of Bodrum via coast guard boats, alongside the sunken boat.
Meanwhile, two Syrian migrants attempting to reach a Greek island drowned on Sept. 14 after their dinghy capsized off the coast of İzmir’s Seferihisar district.
A fishing boat spotted the migrants at around 10:55 a.m. and started rescue efforts. Coast guard boats soon joined the effort and managed to rescue 11 migrants while recovering the bodies of two others.