Illegal immigrants sail for Europe despite deadly accidents

Huge numbers of illegal immigrants are still waiting on the shores in Turkish western province of Canakkale to reach Greek Island of Lesbos although 14 people died when their boat capsized on Wednesday, one of the many deadly accidents.

The immigrants prefer to sail from beaches in Ayvacik district, which is eight kilometers away from Lesbos. Each day, hundreds of immigrants set out a journey with inflatable boats. While some reach the island, some are rescued by the coast guard teams.

On Wednesday, a boat carrying a large group of migrants sank off the coast of Ayvacik on its way to Lesbos. While 14 drowned, 27 immigrants were rescued by the security forces, in what is the migrant accident in the city. Less than an hour after the accident, a group of immigrants sailed to reach the island despite the tragedy.


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