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Migrant boat sinks off Turkish coast, 58 dead

Published on Sep 6, 2012 7:45 PM
A diver carries a young girl after a boat carrying illegal immigrants trying to reach Europe capsized in waters off western Turkey, on Sept 6, 2012 near Izmir. -- PHOTO: AFP

ANKARA (REUTERS) - At least 58 people died and many were missing after a boat carrying illegal migrants sank off Turkey's western Aegean coast on Thursday morning, Turkish media reported.

Speaking live on state television TRT, Tahsin Kurtbeyoglu, the governor of Menderes, a coastal district in Izmir province, confirmed the sinking.

TRT reported that the boat had sunk around dawn after travelling just 50m from the Turkish coast. Television footage showed small boats searching for survivors close to the shore.

State-run Anatolia news agency, citing Kurtbeyoglu, said on its website that most of those on the boat were Palestinian nationals and that the destination of the boat was not known.

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