At Least 2 Migrants Dead as Boat Sailing Towards Greece Sinks Off Turkey (video)

Video still of the rescue operation at the Turkish coast

At least two people have drowned and several others are missing after a boat carrying around 30 migrants sank near Bodrum, off the western coast of Turkey.

Seventeen people on the boat were rescued and three made it to shore by themselves, the coast guard said. Two of those people later died at the hospital, it said.

According to reports in the Turkish media, the boat’s destination was the Greek island of Kos.

Television footage shows dramatic scenes of rescue crews bringing people, including children, from the sea and administering first aid.

Turkey became one of the main launch points for more than a million migrants taking the sea route to EU territory in 2015, many fleeing conflict and poverty in the Middle East and Africa.

The influx of migrants was drastically curtailed by a 2016 accord between Ankara and the EU, after hundreds died crossing to Greek islands a few miles off the Turkish shore.