News on migration and asylum from around the region - Nouvelles de la région sur les questions de migration et d'asile

Friday, September 05, 2014

[Turkey] Hurryiet Daily News - 82 refugees rescued after two days stranded at sea

Eighty-two illegal refugees who human traffickers had promised to transport to Romania have been rescued after being marooned on a small boat 24 miles off the coast of Istanbul. 

The group of 82, composed of Afghans, Syrians, and Iranians, included 15 children and 20 women, two of whom were pregnant. They had been left at sea after the captain promised to bring help to fix to a technical problem but never returned. The capacity of the 15-meter boat was 50 people, according to news reports. 

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Istanbul -  Doğan News Agency