Eight migrants drown after boat sinks off Turkish coast

Turkish Coast Guard finds eight migrants’ body after their boat sunk in Datca, Aegean Sea

Updated Jul 28, 2015

The Turkish Coast Guard says it has recovered the bodies of eight migrants who drowned after a wooden migrant boat sunk in the Aegean off the Turkish coast of Datca late on Monday.

The Coast Guard boats rescued nine other people. A boat and a helicopter were still searching for three missing people.

The Coast Guard did not provide information on the migrants' nationalities or say where they were heading. Datça is close to the Greek islands of Rhodes and Cos. The state-run Anadolu Agency said the dead included migrants were from Syria and Iraq.

The Coast Guard said it had rescued a total of 152 migrants from the sea between April 3-6, in six separate rescue operations off the coasts of Didim, Bodrum, Datca, and Izmir.