Turkey: migrant boat capizes, 5 dead

8 saved, authorities continue search for 3 missing

17 March, 12:31

    (ANSAmed) - ANKARA, MARCH 17 - A boat carrying 16 illegal immigrants capsized off the Turkish coast of Bodrum in the Aegean Sea on Monday, leaving five dead and three missing, Turkish media confirmed on Tuesday.

    The boat was heading towards the Greek island of Kos, not far from the Turkish coast. According to Turkish newspaper Zaman's website, the Turkish coastguard, with the assistance of a helicopter and fishing boats, saved eight of the 16 migrants on board, including a woman, and pulled out five bodies from the water. The dead migrants were Syrians.

    The eight people were hospitalized, suffering from hypothermia. Authorities continue to search for three missing people.

    The boat capsized due to bad, night time sea conditions.

    The stretch of sea between the Turkish Aegean coast and the Greek islands is a popular 'route' for those seeking illegal entry into the European Union.

    To this date, Turkey has welcomed more than 1.5 million Syrian refugees.(ANSAmed).

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