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Nine migrants, including two children, 'drown off Turkish coast'

Published 02/02/2016

At least nine migrants have reportedly drowned off Turkey
At least nine migrants have reportedly drowned off Turkey

At least nine migrants, including two children, have reportedly drowned in a new boat sinking accident off the Turkish coast.

The private Dogan news agency says the migrants drowned on Tuesday near the Aegean coastal town of Seferihisar, which is close to the Greek island of Samos.

Two migrants were rescued while 11 others had apparently managed to reach the shore, the report said.

On Saturday, at least 37 migrants, among them several babies and children, drowned after their boat struck rocks and capsized while attempting the short sea journey from the town of Ayvacik, north of Seferihisar, to the island of Lesbos.

The Turkish coastguard said two of the nine drowned migrants were babies.

The coastguard said it had launched a search-and-rescue mission for more possible victims after a fibreglass boat carrying the migrants partially capsized some 25 metres off the coast near Seferihisar.

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