The bodies of five people believed to have been migrants trying to travel illegally to Europe have been washed up on the coast of southwest Turkey, state-run Anatolian news agency said on Wednesday.
Coastguard officials and police found the bodies in two places near the Aegean Sea resort town of Bodrum, Anatolian said. Authorities said more might be discovered.
Fishermen have joined the search for possible survivors. Prosecutors were examining the bodies, and it was not yet clear how the five died or where they came from.
Tens of thousands of people from Asia, the Middle East and Africa travel illegally through Turkey each year, often taking treacherous routes at sea or making dangerous overland trips, in an effort to reach the more prosperous Europe Union.
At least 13 migrants from Myanmmar and Pakistan suffocated in the back of a lorry that had carried them across Turkey from Iran to near the Greek border in July.
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