Twelve migrants drown after boat capsizes in rough seas

Twelve migrants drown after boat capsizes in rough seas
Afghan refugees disembark from a dinghy yesterday after crossing a part of the Aegean sea from Turkish coast to the Greek island of Chios. Pic: AP

Twelve migrants have drowned after a boat taking them to the Greek islands capsized in rough weather off Turkey.

A Turkish coast guard statement said 26 others were rescued off the Turkish Aegean resort of Foca, near the country’s third-largest city Izmir, today.

One of the survivors, 31-year-old Iraqi national Yusuf Ali, told the state-run Anadolu Agency that he lost his wife and child in the incident.

Mr Ali was quoted as saying: “The boat started to take in water. We just couldn’t stop it. My daughter and my wife drowned in the water.”

Anadolu said security forces had detained two alleged human smugglers.

About 40 migrants have died so far this year off Turkey’s coast while trying to cross into Greece, the coast guard said.

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