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Turkey rescues 37 people from sunken migrant boat

A military official checks the radar after it was reported that the boat containing 45 people sank 161 miles southwest of Antalya's Kas district, and search and rescue activities continue in the region on July 23, 2021. [MINISTRY OF NATIONAL DEFENCE OF TUR - Anadolu Agency]
A military official checks the radar after it was reported that the boat containing 45 people sank 161 miles southwest of Antalya's Kas district, and search and rescue activities continue in the region on July 23, 2021. [MINISTRY OF NATIONAL DEFENCE OF TUR - Anadolu Agency]

Thirty-seven people have been rescued from a migrant boat with 45 people on board that sank south of Turkey, and Turkish naval ships and an aircraft are continuing search and rescue operations, the defence ministry said on Friday, Reuters reports.

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

"Thirty-seven people were rescued from the migrant boat that sank. Search operations for eight people are continuing," it said.

Two naval frigates were sent to search the area and were working with a naval airplane despite poor weather and sea and weather conditions, it added.

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