Nine migrants, including six children, seeking to head to Europe in a speedboat drowned on Sunday when the vessel sank off Turkey’s Mediterranean coast, state media reports said.

 

The boat hit trouble off the Demre district of Turkey’s Mediterranean Antalya province, a popular holiday spot, the state-run Anadolu news agency said. Five were rescued while one person was still missing, it added.

Two adults, one woman and six children lost their lives, it said.

Speed boat going to save as many lives as possible off the Turkish coast

The Dogan news agency said that they were seeking to head illegally to Europe but their planned route was not immediately clear.

 

The nearest EU territory is the small Greek island of Kastellorizo to the west which lies off the Turkish resort of Kas.

 

The nationalities of those on board have yet to be made clear.

 

 

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