13 dead in migrant boat collision with ferry off Turkey

Four children were among the victims of the accident involving a boat carrying 46 migrants


Afp September 20, 2015
At least 13 migrants die off Turkey as the inflatable dinghy carrying them to Greece collides with a ferry. PHOTO: AFP

ANKARA: At least 13 migrants died off the coast of Turkey Sunday after the inflatable dinghy carrying them to Greece collided with a ferry, Turkish media reported.

Four children were among the victims of the accident involving a boat carrying 46 migrants from the northwestern Turkish port of Canakkale to the Greek island of Lesbos, Dogan news agency reported.

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Twenty people were rescued and 13 people were still missing, the report added.

Syrian refugees land on the Greek island of Lesbos aboard an inflatable dinghy after crossing the Aegean Sea from Turkey on September 7, 2015. PHOTO: AFP

There was no information on the nationalities of the migrants.

The sinking was the second Sunday in the Aegean Sea, with the Greek coastguard reporting another two dozen feared missing from a boat that got into trouble close to Lesbos.

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The coastguard said it had rescued 20 people spotted in the water by a helicopter deployed by EU border agency Frontex, but the survivors said another 26 people had been in the boat.

On Saturday, a five-year-old Syrian girl died in another attempted crossing from Turkey to Greece -- a perilous journey that has claimed hundreds of migrant lives this year.

COMMENTS (1)

ZAK | 6 years ago | Reply Syrian and other war hit countries inworst situation. World should create favourable condition to live in their own countries.In search of better life you losing your lives. This is like committing suicde.
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