8 migrants drown after boat sinks off Turkish coast

AP News
Posted: Apr 07, 2015 6:01 AM

ISTANBUL (AP) — The Turkish Coast Guard says it has recovered the bodies of eight migrants who drowned after a wooden migrant boat sunk in the Aegean off the Turkish coast of Datca late Monday.

The Coast Guard boats rescued nine other people. A boat and a helicopter were still searching for three missing people.

The Coast Guard did not provide information on the migrants' nationalities or say where they were heading. Datca is close to the Greek islands of Rhodes and Cos. The state-run Anadolu Agency said that the dead included migrants from Syria and Iraq.

The Coast Guard said it had rescued a total of 152 migrants from the sea between April 3-6, in six separate rescue operations off the coasts of Didim, Bodrum, Datca and Izmir.