Turkey: Raft crash on Aegean coast kills at least 7 migrants

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A beingness raft carrying migrants connected the Aegean Sea crashed Tuesday into rocks adjacent Cesme, a municipality connected Turkey's Aegean coast.

So far, astatine slightest 7 radical connected committee person died, the Turkish seashore defender said.

Nineteen people, including children, were rescued disconnected Turkey' Izmir Province portion a hunt for 1 missing is nether way, Turkish Interior Minister Ali Yerlikaya said connected societal media level X. 

Rescue operations underway

One helicopter, 4 coastguard vessels and a diving squad were progressive successful the hunt and rescue operation, helium added.

A beingness raft carrying the migrants was pushed backmost earlier by Greek coastguard towards Turkish waters, the Turkish seashore defender claimed, citing immoderate of the rescued migrants.

Coast defender and section fisherman rescue several

Earlier connected Tuesday, the seashore defender received reports of migrants connected a tiny Turkish land disconnected the seashore adjacent Izmir, the seashore defender said connected its website.

A fisherman rescued 1 idiosyncratic from the sea, suspecting others were inactive successful the water. The seashore defender saved 18 others from the island, but 1 idiosyncratic remains missing.

Smugglers hazard migrant lives connected a regular basis

Along Turkey's Aegean coastline, smugglers often effort to bring radical from Turkey to Greece, which is an EU member.

The Turkish seashore defender reports intercepting boats carrying migrants astir daily, particularly during the summertime months.

sp/wd (AFP; AP, dpa)

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