According to the Turkish Coast Guard, at least 22 refugees, including 4 children, died on Tuesday when an overcrowded boat carrying refugees sank near Datca district in Turkey’s southwestern Mugla province.
Speaking to reporters, Mugla governor Amir Cicek said that more than 200 refugees have been rescued by the coast guard and teams continue to search for others.
Cicek also stated that the refugees were trying to travel to the Greek island Kos, on a 15-metre wooden boat, mainly used for touristic trips.
The island of Kos is approximately 3.5 kilometres away from Bodrum, roughly a 20-minute boat journey and refugees pay people smugglers up to 800 euros per passenger to make the journey.
Meanwhile, two other refugees died and 11 others were rescued near Seferihisar district in Turkey’s southwestern Izmir province, while trying to travel to the Greek islands.
On Sept 13, another wooden boat capsized in the Aegean Sea, resulting in the death of 34 refugees, including four babies and 11 children, Greek media reported.
The exact number of people on the boat is reported to be unknown.
Turkey's western coast is most favored by refugees who wish to reach the Greek islands, it is the shortest route from Asia to Europe.
According to the United Nations Refugee Agency, in the first five months of 2015 over 42,000 people, including many refugees, reached Greece by sea.