Five dead as boat carrying immigrants sinks off Turkey
November 30, 2013
ISTANBUL - At least five people, including a child, drowned on Friday after a boat carrying illegal immigrants trying to reach Greece capsized off western Turkey, the coastguard said. “Acting on a tip-off at 2:30 am (0030 GMT) the coastguard seized the boat and recovered five bodies,” coastguard safety official Arslan Dede told AFP. Eight people were rescued and taken to a nearby hospital after the sinking in the Aegean Sea, he said, adding that a search was continuing for one missing person. The nationalities of those on the boat were not immediately known but media reports said they were believed to be Syrians.
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