Speed boat carrying 30, sank due to unknown reasons. 24 dead retrieved from the sea, 12 rescued alive…
ISTANBUL, July 31 — A total of 24 sans papiers immigrants were found dead in the international waters of the Aegean Sea between Greece and Turkey after a speed boat carrying them capsized on Wednesday.
Antolian news agency first reported that 18 bodies in the sea were found by coast guard teams and then updated the number of dead to 24.
The sans papiers immigrants lost their lives Wednesday when a boat carrying them sank in the Aegean Sea off the coast of Ezine, a district in the northwestern province of Canakkale.
Initial reports said the immigrants were traveling to the island of Lesbos in Greece. Twelve others who were also on the boat during the accident were rescued alive.
The rescue operations are underway and accompanied by planes and helicopters belonging to the coast guards.
However, there is no detail information on the nationalities of the sans papiers immigrants and where they were from as well as their final destination.
This is the second incident in a week happening in the Aegean Sea.
Last Friday Greek Coast Guard found five bodies off the southeastern Aegean Sea island of Kos after the sinking of a boat carrying sans papiers immigrants to Greece from neighbouring Turkey.
by clandestina (in english)
CNN (in turkish)
He was in a boat with another 45 migrants, two of them women. They were arrested by the greek coast guard and transferred to Chios island. According to the news it remains unclear how one of them drowned.
tvxs (in greek)
A refugee boat has sunk in the Aegean Sea off Ayvalık, leaving an Afghan refugee dead and five others missing.
The deceased refugee was identified as 45-year-old Vahide Selami.
Nine refugees were reportedly rescued after the incident.
The boat was cruising south from Çıplak Island (Chalkis, Cimno) in the northwestern province of Balıkesir at 5 a.m. before sinking due to an unknown reason.
Coast guard rescue teams are continuing their work to find the missing five.
daily news (in engllish)
The bodies of two immigrants were discovered yesterday in Peplo area – one on the bank of the Evros river and the other in a rural area of Thymaria village near the town of Alexandroupolis.
According to the announcement of the General Police Department of Eastern Macedonia – Thrace, the two young men, of afro-asian origin and chinese origin, tried to cross the Evros River in order to enter Greece from Turkey.
The first one was probably swept away by the rushing waters and drown – the second died due to freezing weather.
John is missing Jen.
Jen got lost when she tried to cross the border to Greece. Maybe she drowned in Evros, the river between Turkey and Greece. We will mourn Jen and all the refugees that died during the attempt to overcome Fortress Europe on the 30th of August 2011 in Evros. We want to give back a piece of dignity, to those whose death disappeared — right here — into the senselessness of the European borders. And we will gather for giving back a piece of dignity to those who survived. We will create a memorial space.
In the year 2010 more than 50 persons lost their lives in the border space of Evros. In 2011 the numbers of dead have reached already more than 20. The creation of a 12,5 km long fence in Evros that started in July 2011 will increase the danger at this border even more but it will not stop people from fleeing to Europe.
A better healing will only come by actually knowing what happened
Interview with John, Athens, 11.05.11.
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