13 die as refugee boat sinks off Turkey’s Aegean coast

According to the Turkish coastguard the accident happened close to the port of Canakkale on the southern coast of the Dardanelles region of Turkey. The boat was on its way to the Greek island of Lesbos.


13 refugees are reported to have died after their boat collided with a ferry off the Turkish coast.

Turkey sent a helicopter and six rescue boats to the area to assist with the rescue operation. Meanwhile, the Greek Coast Guard has been dispatched to search for the 27 people who are still missing after their vessel sank off the island of Lesbos. The children’s bodies were recovered by the Turkish coastguard with reports from Greece indicating that another two children may still be missing.

Twenty people were rescued from the inflatable dingy, there is no information to the nationality of the occupants of the boat.

He says “we hope they will open the border“.

On Monday Croatia set up a migrant reception center in the eastern village of Opatovac.

More than 300,000 refugees have entered Greece so far in 2015, with majority passing through to other European countries. Another two people managed to swim ashore, while a man among the survivors was treated in a hospital for hypothermia. “It was very cold”, Muhammad Dakiri, a Syrian migrant, said.

The crossing was the site of clashes on Wednesday between baton-wielding Hungarian riot police and migrants and the reopening follows negotiations with Mr Pinter’s Serbian counterpart, Nebojsa Stefanovic.

On Thursday, Hungarian police fired tear gas after hundreds of migrants broke through its razor wire fence on the border with Serbia.

Austria saw the arrival of at least 10,000 migrants on Saturday and 7,000 more are now crowding the Nickelsdorf crossing with Hungary.

Hungary, which closed its border with Serbia on September 15, erected another steel barrier at the Beremend border crossing from Croatia to try to slow the flow of migrants.


He reacted to Mr Aurescu’s description of Budapest’s border closure as an “autistic and unacceptable act” that violated the spirit of the European Union by sneering that he would “expect more modesty from a foreign minister whose prime minister is now facing trial”.

A migrant carries his two children as he gets off of an inflatable boat after arriving on the Greek island of Lesbos after crossing the Aegean sea from Turkey to Greece