Boat carrying illegal immigrants sinks off Turkey, 24 dead

July 31, 2013 | By | Reply More

Aug 01, – At least 24 people drowned early Wednesday after a boat carrying illegal immigrants trying to reach Europe capsized off western Turkey, local media reported. The boat’s captain told the coastguard at 2am local time (2300 GMT): “We are sinking. There are 30 people in the boat,” before contact was cut off, according to the private Dogan news agency.

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Turkish coastguard recovered 24 dead bodies and rescued 12 immigrants whose nationalities were not immediately available. The search and rescue operation was still continuing.

The boat that sank off Turkey’s Aegean coast was supposed to take the illegal immigrants to the Greek island of Lesbos, Dogan reported.

Turkey has become a hub for illegal immigrants who aspire to cross into European countries for better lives. Neighbouring Greece is the busiest entry point for illegal immigrants trying to reach the European Union.

Press coordinator for HRO media – contributed to this report.

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