Migrant boat sinks off Aegean coast, 11 dead

The corpses of dead migrants in Kusadasi at the Turkish coast, 24 March 2017.

A boat carrying migrants sank off Turkey’s Aegean coast on Friday, killing at least 11 people reported the Turkish daily Evrensel.

The boat sank just off the coast of Kusadasi, a major tourist resort on the Aegean coast, and was carrying 22 migrants, seven of which were saved by the coast guard. The migrants were trying to reach Samos Island, a couple of mile’s distance from Kusadasi, with an inflatable boat.

The coast guard is continuing the search efforts for the four migrants who are unaccounted for.

200 migrants were reported to have lost their lives after their boat capsized off the coast of Libya on Thursday.

The UN refugee agency has called 2016 “the worst year we have seen” after at least 5,000 people died or went missing in the Mediterranean while trying to flee war and poverty into Europe.