24 illegal migrants drown in Aegean Sea

A total of 24 illegal migrants were found dead off Aegean Sea between Greece and Turkey after a speed boat carrying them capsized.

Updated: Jul 31, 2013, 20:34 PM IST

Istanbul: A total of 24 illegal migrants were found dead off Aegean Sea between Greece and Turkey after a speed boat carrying them capsized, according to a report on Wednesday.

Antolian news agency first reported that 18 bodies in the sea were found by Coast Guard teams and then updated the number of dead to 24, reports Xinhua.

The illegal immigrants lost their lives on Wednesday when a boat carrying them sank in the Aegean Sea off Ezine, a district in the northwestern province of Canakkale.

Initial reports said the immigrants were travelling to the island of Lesbos in Greece.

Twelve others who were also on the boat during the accident were rescued.

IANS