A boat packed with migrants capsized on Tuesday in the Aegean Sea off the coast of Bodrum, leaving five people dead and three missing, news agencies have reported.
According to private Doğan news agency, the boat, which had Syrian refugees among its occupants, had been trying to enter Greece illegally when it overturned early Tuesday off the coast of the Greek island of Kos near the Turkish coast. The five dead were all Syrian males, Doğan said.
Coastguard vessels, fishing boats and a search and rescue helicopter combed the area for survivors or bodies. So far, eight migrants, including one woman, out of 16 Syrians on the boat have been rescued by the coast guard teams dispatched to the area. The Syrians who were saved were hospitalised suffering from hypothermia.
The boat reportedly capsized around 2:00 a.m. when it started to take on water due to heavy wind.
Fatal accidents are frequent in the area as migrants risk the dangerous sea crossing from Turkey to Greece.