World Bulletin / News Desk
Sixty refugees from Iraq, Syria and Palestine lost their lives after a boat carrying them sank in the Aegean Sea off the coast of İzmir on Thursday.
Twenty-eight of the victims were children while 18 of them were women, the authorities said
İzmir deputy governor Ardahan Totuk said 46 people onboard the vessel were rescued and the bodies of all the victims were recovered.The survivors were taken to Ahmetbeyli Gendarmerie Station where they were given food and clothing, noted Totuk, adding that they would later be transferred to a guest house for foreigners in the district of Bornova.
The incident took place near the Menderes district. Menderes district governor Tahsin Kurtbeyoğlu said there were approximately 106 people onboard the boat.
State-run television TRT reported the boat had sunk after hitting rocks around dawn just 50 meters away from the coast. The dozens of survivors were able to swim through the Aegean waters to shore. Kurtbeyoğlu said the 46th survivor was rescued by divers while he was trying to swim to shore.
Those who survived, according to initial reports, were on the deck of the boat rather than below with other members of their group. It was not immediately clear when exactly the boat sank, but many such vessels carrying refugees make the journey at night to avoid detection by authorities.
The captain of the boat and his assistant are among the survivors and they were taken into custody by the police. They are accused of organizing the deadly voyage.
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