Posted: Sep. 22, 2017 8:00 am Updated: Sep.
The total death toll in the September 22 sinking of a boat carrying migrants heading to Europe in the Black Sea, off the Turkish province of Kocaeli, rose to 24 after the body of another woman was found by search-and-rescue teams on September 24, according to the Turkish Coast Guard. Coast guard boats and commercial ships were taking part in the search along with a helicopter and a plane.
Mehmet Unal, a local official in the nearby town of Kandira, said the boat was carrying around 70 migrants, most of whom were Iraqis, Al Jazeera reported.
Turkey has emerged as a hub for migrants from trouble zones around the world including Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan seeking to move to the European Union. Responding to worldwide pressure, Turkey tightened its sea borders and cracked down on migrant smuggling rings as part of a 2016 deal with the European Union. Their vessel's captain was Syrian and police were searching for their smugglers.
Ambulances and medical teams carried out medical checks.
The shipwreck survivors were taken to the port of Kefken aboard a Turkish coastguard vessel and treated at a mobile hospital at the port, Anadolou said.
According to earlier reports, four migrants were killed in the incident.