Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


7 children among 14 dead in migrant boat sinking off Turkey

11 November 2015, 18:48

Ankara — A wooden boat carrying dozens of migrants sank off the Turkish coast on Wednesday, killing 14 people including seven children stuck inside the vessel's cabin, officials and reports said.

Turkish coast guards rescued 27 others after the boat went down off the town of Ayvacik on its way to the Greek island of Lesbos.

The boat hit rocks shortly after leaving Ayvacik but continued on its dangerous crossing toward Lesbos, said regional governor Hamza Erkal.

"The boat took a hit, it began to take in water but nevertheless continued on its route," Erkal told Turkey's state-run Anadolu Agency. "When it took in more water they tried to return but the boat sank before they could make it back to shore."

The nationalities of those onboard were not immediately known.

The private Dogan news agency said the children were inside the boat's cabin when it sank and could not escape. They became the latest of many child victims of the perilous journey. Charity group Save the Children says more than 80 children have died in the past two months trying to reach Greece.

Turkish Coast Guard divers and fishermen searched the waters for more possible victims off Ayvacik, which is a main departure point for those crossing to Lesbos.

So far more than 600,000 people have reached Greece from Turkey this year, with the vast majority aiming to move on to more prosperous countries in northern Europe. Hundreds have died during the crossings, often in unseaworthy boats.

On Wednesday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan renewed a call on Western nations to share the refugee burden. "This morning another 14 refugees died," Erdogan said. "Should there be another Aylan for the world to take notice?" Erdogan was referring to the 3-year-old Syrian boy Aylan Kurdi whose dead body washed up on a Turkish beach in September.

Turkey is host to more than 2 million refugees from Syria.

For the latest on national news, politics, sport, entertainment and more follow us on Twitter and like our Facebook page!

- AP


Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Shakila Alivitsa
4 ways to handle your cheating ma...

He is cheating. How do you handle him?

Submitted by
Shakila Alivitsa
Why do men choose second wives?

Why do men choose to have second wives?

Submitted by
Eugene Odanga
Wizkid set for twin Kenyan shows

Wizkid is back in Kenya. For two shows.

Submitted by
Eugene Odanga
Udada women's festival begins in ...

The Udada women's festival has arrived in Nairobi.

Submitted by
Uhuru pardons 2747 death row conv...

President Uhuru Kenyatta has pardoned a number of death row convicts, sending them to life sentences instead. Read more...

Submitted by
Eugene Odanga
WATCH: Kaka Sungura arrested in t...

Was Kaka Sungura arrested in town?