Tuesday, 23 June 2015

At least 6 immigrants drown as boat sinks in Aegean Sea

At least six illegal immigrants were drowned on Tuesday morning as a boat sank in Aegean Sea off western Turkey, private Dogan news agency reported.

The boat, which were carrying a total of 62 immigrants heading for Istankoy Island of Greece, sank in the Aeagean off Bodrum town of Mugla province of western Turkey due to the strong storm, according to the report.

Turkish Coast Guards have discovered six bodies of immigrants and rescued some others, said the report, adding that an investigation was underway.

They were apparently sailing for the Greek island of Kos, about 3.2 kilometers from the resort city of Bodrum, according to the source.

The coastguard and a helicopter are still searching for survivors and bodies, the source added.

In the first five months of 2015, over 42,000 people arrived by sea to Greece, most of them refugees, according to the UN Refugee Agency.

Turkey is geographically positioned between Asia and Europe, and has become a major transit point for Middle Eastern and Asian migrants and refugees fleeing from poverty or conflict in their home countries.

Tuesday 23 June 2015




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