Syrian refugees drown off coast of Turkey

Children among 17 heading to Greek island drown when they fail to get out of the boat's cabin, Turkish media reports.

    The refugees drowned when they failed to get out of the boat's cabin [Hamdi Yorur/AP]
    The refugees drowned when they failed to get out of the boat's cabin [Hamdi Yorur/AP]

    Seventeen Syrian refugees, including five children, have drowned after their boat sank in Turkish waters on its way to Greece, according to local media reports.

    The Turkish coastguard on Sunday recovered the bodies from the wooden boat that had set off from the Turkish holiday resort town of Bodrum for the Greek island of Leros, the Dogan news agency reported.

    The refugees drowned when they failed to get out of the boat's cabin, the news agency said.

    Another 20 refugees, who were on the boat's deck, survived and swam back to the Turkish coast, it said.

    migrants

    All were wearing life jackets.

    The survivors were taken to a morgue in Bodrum to identify their drowned relatives.

    There has been a sharp jump in the numbers of refugees setting out from Turkey in flimsy boats for the European Union in search of better lives.

    Most are fleeing conflicts and misery in Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Africa.

    The picture of three-year-old Syrian refugee Alan Kurdi, whose body was found washed up on a Turkish beach after a failed attempt to reach Greece, pressured European leaders to step up their response to the refugee crisis.

    Most of those trying to reach Europe are fleeing conflicts and misery in Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Africa [Reuters]

    SOURCE: AFP


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