Refugee boat capsizes off Greek island, 13 drown

Refugee boat trying to reach Greek islands sinks near Turkey’s southwestern Aydin Province, killing 13 people

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Greek Coast Guards said 15 refugees, including a baby, were saved in the Aegean Sea.

A boat carrying refugees sank off the Greek island of Farmakonisi near Turkey’s coast, killing 13 people - including seven children - early on Wednesday.

According to a statement from the Greek Coast Guard, the fatalities included a baby, six children and two women, while 15 people were rescued.

An additional person thought to be missing after the accident is still being searched for.

Three of those rescued were taken to hospital on Leros island.

According to latest data from the International Organization for Migration, 800,000 refugees reached Europe through the Aegean Sea from Turkey to Greece, accounting for 80 percent of the refugees arriving irregularly in Europe by sea in 2015.

According to the UN’s refugee agency, more than 950,000 people in total have reached Europe by sea this year.