A total of 24 illegal migrants were found dead in the international waters of the Aegean Sea between Greece and Turkey after a speed boat carrying them capsized, according to a report here 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 illegal 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.
Dogan news agency reported that the boat capsized around 10 miles from the Tavakli neighborhood of Canakkale province.
The captain of the boat called the Coast Guard at around 2:00 a. m. and said there were 30 people on board.
The rescue operations are underway with four boats, with one helicopter and a coast guard plane continuing to search for more people in the sea.
However, there is no detail information on the nationalities of the illegal migrants and where they were from as well as their final destination.