Hope fades for Turkish boat migrants

Turkish authorities have lost hope of finding any survivors from a boat which sank off the country's coast, with 69 would-be migrants on board.

    Turkey sits astride a favourite smuggling route to the West

    "The search is continuing by sea and air, with the aid of a helicopter, in Turkish territorial waters," a local official in the southwestern town of Marmaris, near where the boat disappeared, said.

    A sole survivor, a 37-year-old Iraqi man, was picked up by a Turkish boat off Marmaris late on Saturday.

    The estimate of the number of people aboard the vessel was believed to have come from him. Most were from Jordan, Iraq and

    Afghanistan, he was quoted as saying.

    The crew had abandoned the vessel off the coast, using a launch that they had towed behind the boat to head for the Turkish coast, the

    official said.

    The boat was then believed to have capsized in bad weather.

    He also said the sole survivor appeared before a court in Marmaris late on Sunday, which ordered that he be expelled.

    Meanwhile, Greek authorities said that they had found seven bodies floating off the Turkish coast, and it was believed they could be from

    the missing boat.

    Turkish authorities said they had found 13 lifejackets and a fragment of a boat, but no bodies so far.

    The vessel was believed to have gone down nine nautical miles off the Turkish coast.

    SOURCE: AFP


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: How does your country vote at the UN?

    Interactive: How does your country vote at the UN?

    Explore how your country voted on global issues since 1946, as the world gears up for the 74th UN General Assembly.

    'We were forced out by the government soldiers'

    'We were forced out by the government soldiers'

    We dialled more than 35,000 random phone numbers to paint an accurate picture of displacement across South Sudan.

    Interactive: Plundering Cambodia's forests

    Interactive: Plundering Cambodia's forests

    Meet the man on a mission to take down Cambodia's timber tycoons and expose a rampant illegal cross-border trade.