Refugee crisis: At least 13 die in ferry collision off Turkey

Friday 18/09/2015
Second such incident in Aegean Sea

ANKARA - At least 13 refugees died off the coast of Turkey Sunday after the inflatable dinghy carrying them to Greece collided with a ferry, Turkish media reported.

Four children were among the victims of the accident involving a boat carrying 46 refugees from the northwestern Turkish port of Canakkale to the Greek island of Lesbos, Dogan news agency reported.

Twenty people were rescued and 13 people were still missing, the report added.

There was no information on the nationalities of the refugees.

The sinking was the second Sunday in the Aegean Sea, with the Greek coastguard reporting another two dozen feared missing from a boat that got into trouble close to Lesbos.

The coastguard said it had rescued 20 people spotted in the water by a helicopter deployed by EU border agency Frontex, but the survivors said another 26 people had been in the boat.

On Saturday, a five-year-old Syrian girl died in another attempted crossing from Turkey to Greece -- a perilous journey that has claimed hundreds of refugee lives this year.

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