Ankara: Twelve migrants drowned today when their boat sank off the Turkish coast while around 25 others were rescued, the Anatolia news agency reported. The Turkish coastguard recovered the bodies from the wooden boat, which had sailed from northwest Turkey’s seaside town of Ayvalik headed for the Greek island of Lesbos, the Turkish.
The rescuers managed to save about two dozen others on board the sinking boat who had called for help on their cellphones, Turkish media reported. Anatolia did not indicate the migrants’ nationalities. More than 3,000 migrants and refugees have died while trying to get to Europe this year, most of them drowning in the Mediterranean.
On Friday the EU’s much-hyped deal with Turkey to stem the flow of migrants looked shaky after Ankara said Brussels had offered too little money to cope with the two and half million Syrians who have sought refugee on Turkish soil.