Turkish Coast Guard rescued 47 illegal migrants who were about to drown in the Aegean sea while attempting to travel to Greek islands by plastic boats in the early hours of Thursday.
According to statement issued by Izmir governorate, coast guard teams started rescue efforts after being notified that 47 illegal migrants including eight children, four women were crying for help near Seferhisar district of Turkey’s western province of Izmir.
The statement also said that among 47 migrants there were 35 Syrian and 17 Iraqi nationalities.
A footage that shows the rescue efforts has been released to the Turkish media.
The footage showed how Turkish Coast Guards approached the migrants who were calling for help while trying to hold nearly sunk boat’s tubes to survive.
Being questioned after the incident, most of the migrants claimed that a military boat belonging to Greece came and gave harm to their boat which were about to sunk after the intervention.
Meanwhile, nearly 150 other illegal migrants attempting to travel to Greek islands from Turkey’s coastal provinces were captured by Turkish Coast Guards in last 24 hours.
Illegal migration has become a major problem in the Aegean region of Turkey.
Total of 31,846 illegal migrants were found and 47 human trafficking suspects were arrested in the Aegean sea since the beginning of 2015, according to Turkish Coast Guard reports.
According to officials, most of the undocumented migrants come from Syria and Middle Eastern countries. Migrants try to flee Europe from Turkey via the Aegean Sea despite the ever-present risk of death in overcrowded boats.