Turkey rescues 37 people from sunken migrant ships: Ministry


A paramilitary boat searches for people on Lake Van in eastern Turkey on July 1, 2020. (DHA via AP)

Istanbul — 37 people have been rescued from a 45-person migrant ship sunk in southern Turkey, and Turkish Navy vessels and aircraft are continuing search and rescue operations, the Defense Ministry said Friday.

The ministry said in a statement Thursday evening that it had received information that a boat was sinking 161 miles (259 km) southwest of the Turkish resort town of Kas.

“37 people have been rescued from the sunken migrant ship. Eight people are still searching,” he said.

He added that two Navy frigate ships were dispatched to search the area and were working on Navy planes despite bad weather and sea and weather conditions.

Yesim Dikumen