A woman and her three children went missing after a boat carrying several Turkish asylum seekers capsized in the Evros River along the Turkey-Greece border on Wednesday.
Speaking to Turkish media, the children’s father, Murat Akcabay, said that there had been a total of 11 people on the boat when it hit a rock in the middle of the river.
“My wife was carrying the baby and I was trying to help the other two children. My wife was dragged by the rushing water. I saw her from a distance as she clutching on a tree branch. I shouted that I will never abandon her, I promised I will save her,” he was quoted as saying.
He also made an emotional video plea for the rescue of the missing ones.
A woman and her three children went missing after a boat carrying several Turkish asylum seekers capsized in the Evros River along the Turkey-Greece border on July 18, Wednesday night. The father, Murat Akçabay makes an emotional plea for their rescue. @BBC @Guardian @bbcturkce pic.twitter.com/15hdhpsDBr
— Human Rights Turkey (@HumanRightsTR) July 19, 2018
Five other people – including a child – were found by the Greek authorities, who are now searching for the other missing people.
The incident is the latest in a series of fatal efforts to cross Evros River, which offers a natural demarcation zone at the Turkish-Greek border. People attempt to cross to the Greek side often in unsafe and makeshift boats.
While mostly migrants and refugees from Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria have made the risky journeys in the past, Turkish people have also, in increasing numbers, joined those crossing the Evros.