Migrant Boat Collides With Cargo Ship

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Credit: MOAS

By Reuters 2015-09-20 16:59:44

Thirteen migrants died in Turkish waters when a boat carrying 46 people en route to Greece collided with a dry cargo vessel and capsized, a Turkish coast guard source said on Sunday.

Six of those killed were children and 20 others were rescued, the source said. Seven of those rescued were receiving treatment.

The boat had left the Turkish coast near Canakkale province.

The search continues to find 13 missing people.

Rescued

Nearly 4,700 migrants were rescued off the coast of Libya on Saturday as they tried to reach Europe, but one woman was found dead, Italy's coastguard said.

The coastguard said in a statement it had coordinated 20 rescue operations involving numerous vessels which picked up 4,343 migrants from rubber boats and barges. In one of the inflatable boats a woman's body was found, the coastguard said, without specifying the possible cause of death.

Another 335 people were picked up as part of a rescue mission coordinated by Greece and were being directed to a port in Italy to disembark.

The rescues were carried out by vessels from the Italian coastguard and navy, humanitarian agency Doctors Without Borders, the Malta-based Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS), a merchant boat, a Croatian vessel under the European Union's Triton rescue mission and naval ships from Germany and Britain under the E.U.'s EUNAVFOR Med mission.

Tens of thousands of people, mainly from Africa and the Middle East, have tried to cross the Mediterranean this year, often dangerously packed into small vessels unsuitable for the voyage.

Europe is struggling to cope with a record influx of refugees as people flee war in countries such as Syria, and the Mediterranean has become the world's most deadly crossing point for migrants.