One refugee drowns in Aegean Sea

Refugee drowns after boat sinks while trying to reach Greece

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

Turkish security sources have reported that a boat, allegedly carrying refugees to the Greek islands, sank in the Aegean Sea early on Friday, leaving one migrant dead.

Coast guards found the floundering vessel and nine refugees were pulled from the water.

Despite all medical efforts, a 35-year-old female refugee could not be saved.

Four of the nine rescued refugees - including Syrian citizens, Sara Mehti (40) and Zahra Mehti (1) - were taken to hospital for treatment.

It was reported that they were apparently sailing for the Greek island of Kos, about 3.2 kilometers from the Turkish resort city of Bodrum.

One of the chief destinations for Syrian refugees escaping the violence in their country is neighbouring Turkey, which hosts over 1.7 million Syrian refugees in addition to 300,000 Iraqi refugees.

Bodrum, located on Turkey's western coast, is one of the locations most favored by refugees who wish to reach the Greek islands, as this route is the shortest sea journey from Asia to European Union territory.

According to the United Nations Refugee Agency, in the first five months of 2015 over 42,000 people, including many refugees, arrived in Greece by sea.

TRTWorld and agencies