Over 30 migrants drown as boat capsizes off Turkey shores

  • The Independent |
  • Monday 8 February 2016
 Lesbos, the Greek Island one of the boats was attempting to reach Lizzie Dearden

Lesbos, the Greek Island one of the boats was attempting to reach Lizzie Dearden

At least 33 refugees have died after two boats travelling to Greece capsized near Turkey, according to local media.

Anadolu, the state-run Turkish news agency reported that 22 people had drowned after a boat capsized near the Greek island of Lesbos, in the Bay of Edremit.

A search and rescue operation is currently underway by the Turkish coast guard, which has deployed boats and helicopters to search for survivors, Reuters reported. One refugee was rescued by a fisherman and three more by the coast guard, while 13 more people were sought in the waters.


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