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At least 21 people are dead after a fishing boat carrying migrants sank off Turkey’s Black Sea coast Friday.  

ISTANBUL —At least 21 people are dead after a fishing boat carrying migrants sank off Turkey’s Black Sea coast Friday, according to the country’s coast guard.

The boat capsized near the coastal town of Kefken in northwestern Turkey. The coast guard said that 40 people had been rescued.

The nationalities of those on board was unclear, as were their destinations.

Rescue teams were still searching for five people reported missing. Coast guard boats and commercial ships were taking part in the search along with a helicopter and a plane.

While Turkey’s Aegean coast is popular with people smugglers to send Syrians and other refugees to the Greek islands, a growing number of migrants departing from Turkish coasts have recently been trying to reach Romania by way of the Black Sea.

 

 

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