Migrant boat sinks off Turkey’s coast, killing at least 20 people

An official says a rubber dinghy carrying migrants has sunk off Turkey’s northern Aegean coast, leaving at least 20 people dead

Turkish coast guard personnel rescued two migrants from the sea off the town of Eceabat in Canakkale province, while two others were able to reach the shore by themselves, Gov. Ilhami Aktas said.

It was not clear how many people were on the boat when it sank and the coast guard was continuing to search the area, he said.

Aktas told the state-run Anadolu Agency that four of the dead were infants or children.

The migrants’ nationalities were not immediately known.

Ten coast guard boats and two helicopters were involved in the search and rescue mission, Anadolu reported. Several ambulances were on standby at a nearby port.

The Turkish coast guard said it caught at least 93 migrants attempting to leave the Turkish coast on boats this week.

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