Press TV has reported that at least 10 refugees, including five children, have drowned while trying to cross the Aegean Sea off Turkey’s western coast to reach Europe.
The Turkish coastguard said the refugees lost their lives on Saturday when their boat sank off the coast of Ayvacik, a town located across from the Greek island of Lesbos, Dogan news agency reported.
The coastguard further noted that it was conducting search and rescue operations where the vessel capsized.
It was not immediately clear how many asylum seekers had been on board the drowned boat. However, reports said 43 passengers had been rescued so far.
“We are sad. At least 20 friends are still missing,” an unidentified survivor of Saturday’s tragedy told AFP.
The refugees were believed to be of Syrian, Afghan and Myanmarese origin.
Those rescued were taken to hospital with hypothermia symptoms.