Children among nine migrants found dead on Turkish beach

Published: Tuesday 5th January 2016 by The News Editor

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Nine drowned migrants, including children, have washed up on a beach on Turkey’s Aegean coast after their boat capsized in rough seas.

The Dogan news agency said the bodies were discovered early on Tuesday in the resort of Ayvalik, from where migrants set off on boats to reach the Greek island of Lesbos.

Turkish coast guards were dispatched to search for possible survivors. Eight migrants were rescued.

Dogan video footage showed a body, still wearing a life jacket, being pulled from the sea on to the sandy beach.

There was no immediate information on the migrants’ nationalities.

Some 850,000 migrants and refugees crossed into Greece last year, paying smuggling gangs to ferry them over from Turkey in frail boats.

Published: Tuesday 5th January 2016 by The News Editor

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