Turkish Coast Guard saves at least 222 refugees

More than 200 refugees rescued by Turkish Coast Guard in Aegean Sea

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Officials gave water to the refugees who were rescued from capsized boat on November 29, 2015.

Turkish Coast Guard on Sunday rescued at least 222 refugees off the coat of Ayvalik in Turkey’s western Balikesir province when one of the boats they were in capsized due to being overloaded.

The officials said that the refugees were attempting to travel to the Greek island of Lesbos in the Aegean Sea in four different boats.

Lesbos is one of the transit points favoured by refugees seeking asylum in Europe.

One of the four boats was about to reach the Turkish island of Maden near Balikesir when it capsized.

The refugees, of whom 65 are children and 41 are women, are of Syrian, Palestinian, Tibetan and Indian nationality.

They were brought to Cunda Island near Balikesir.

According to the International Organization for Migration, more than 220,000 refugees arrived in Greece by sea in October and more than 220 died in the waters between Turkey and Greece that month.

Since the start of the year, the organisation has recorded 653,075 refugees arriving in Greece and 512 refugee deaths in the Aegean region.


TRTWorld, AA