At least 21 people died after a fishing vessel carrying irefugees sank in the Black Sea off Turkey’s northwestern province of Kocaeli early on Friday, Turkish Coast Guard said.
Search teams have managed to rescue 40 refugees after the boat sank at 5.03 a.m. local time (0203GMT) around 64 nautical miles north of the village of Kefken, according to a statement.
A coast guard boat carrying rescued refugees, arrived at Kefken port in Kandira district of the province.
They are being treated in a mobile hospital at the port. Two of them, who are in serious condition, were taken to the Kocaeli State Hospital, the statement added.
Supported by a number of coast guard and naval aircraft along with five merchant ships, search efforts are underway to find around 15 other missing refugees 21 dead as refugee boat capsizes in Black Sea.