Five drown as immigrant ship sinks off Turkey
Five people drowned and 35 others were rescued on Tuesday after a ship sank off Turkey's western coast.india Updated: Sep 26, 2006 17:00 IST
Five people drowned and 35 others were rescued on Tuesday after a ship carrying illegal immigrants to Greece sank off Turkey's western coast,
news agency reported.
The nationalities of the victims were not immediately known.
The ship sank off Karaburun, a resort town in the Aegean province of Izmir.
Turkey lies on a major human-smuggling route from Asia to Europe and illegal immigrants are detained on a daily basis.
The immigrants mostly try to cross to neighbouring Greece by land or brave sea journeys to Greece or Italy, often aboard dangerously unseaworthy vessels.