Migrants drown in the Black Sea

Turkish medics carry a survivor from a capsized ship to a hospital in Kocaeli, Turkey, Friday, Sept. 22, 2017. (AP)

TMP – 28/09/2017

At least 21 migrants  have died after their fishing boat sank off the Turkish coast in the Black Sea on 22nd of  September.

The Turkish coastguard and other merchant ships managed to rescue about 40 migrants but five other migrants are still missing and a search and rescue operation is ongoing.

According to local officials in Turkey, the migrants were mainly from Iraq and were trying to sail to Romania, which is part of the EU. The fishing boat sank in the early morning off the coast of Kefken, some 200 km east of Istanbul.

The survivors were brought to Kefken and taken to hospital. A pregnant woman was among the survivors but later miscarried in hospital.

In the past month, the sea route from Turkey’s coast to Romania has increasingly attracted migrants hoping to find a way into the EU.

According to data provided by Turkish officials, over the course of one month, between 13 August to 9 September, more than 830 migrants have been intercepted and 10 human traffickers have been arrested in the Black Sea while trying to reach Romania.