The Latest: 11 dead, 9 rescued after Aegean boat sinking

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Posted: Mar 24, 2017 10:41 AM
The Latest: 11 dead, 9 rescued after Aegean boat sinking

MADRID (AP) — The Latest on the flow of migrants into Europe (all times local):

3:40 p.m.

The Turkish Coast Guard says 11 migrants died and nine others have been rescued after a dinghy carrying migrants to Greece sank off the Aegean coast.

A Coast Guard statement on Friday also said two people believed to be smugglers were detained on the shore, in the resort town of Kusadasi, after the boat capsized.

All of the migrants were accounted for and the search and rescue operation was ended, it said.

Video footage on the DHA network showed half a dozen of the bodies after they had been recovered from the water and were laid out near ambulances.

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12:35 p.m.

A Turkish media outlet says 11 migrants have died and another four are missing after a boat sank off the Aegean coast.

Video footage on the DHA network shows half a dozen of the bodies after they had been recovered from the water and were laid out near ambulances on Friday.

DHA says the boat capsized near the resort town of Kusadasi and that seven people were rescued.

Turkish television channel NTV says the migrants had been traveling in a rubber boat.

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10:40 a.m.

A Spanish aid organization says it fears that hundreds of migrants may have died off Libya's coast after five bodies were found near two capsized boats while the search for a third vessel reported missing has so far proved futile.

Proactiva Open Arms spokeswoman Laura Lanuza said their vessel was heading north to the Italian port of Catania to hand over the bodies of the five young men found Thursday.

She said that other NGOs are continuing the search for possible victims off Libya's coast.

The U.N. refugee agency said it was "deeply alarmed" by the reports. Both it and Proactiva said they feared the death toll may be much higher as migrant dinghies are normally crammed with around 120 people each.