24 bodies found as migrant boat sinks in Istanbul’s Bosphorus strait

By clandestina

At least 24 people have died after a boat believed to have been carrying illegal immigrants capsized in Istanbul’s Bosphorus Strait on Monday.

Seven people were rescued and 24 dead bodies were recovered, the Istanbul governor’s office announced.

Sources said there were around 43 people on the boat.

Most of those who died were children, the Hurriyet news website reported rescuers as saying.

“They had life jackets. But there were bodies everywhere. Babies, children… We pulled out 15-20 bodies,” it quoted fisherman Kadir Sert as saying.

The governor’s office said the coastguard had been alerted after the boat sank around 3 miles (5 km) from the coast in the Black Sea at the northern end of the Bosphorus.

Shipping agents GAC said in a statement the boat had been heading for the Romanian port of Constanta when it sank around 5 am (0300 GMT).

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From:: Clandestine