Author: ZOIE O’BRIEN FOR MAILONLINE
Six children have died along with three adults after their boat sank off the coast of Turkey.
The boat capsized early on Sunday morning near the town of Demre in the southern province of Antalya – a popular destination for British tourists.
The Turkish coastguard revealed the migrants, attempting to reach Greece, drowned in the early hours.
The Coast Guard recovered the bodies of nine victims and rescued four others alive. A fifth migrant was saved by a passing fishing vessel.
Turkey’s state-run Anatolia News Agency reports there were 14-15 people on the vessel, according to the migrants, so authorities were still searching for one unaccounted for person.
The migrants’ nationalities have not been identified.
On the same day, on Sunday, at least 35 people died off the coast of Tunisia after a migrant boat sank.
At the height of the migrant crisis in 2015, more than 857,000 migrants reached Greece from Turkey. A 2016 deal between Turkey and the European Union has dramatically reduced the numbers of migrants coming into Greece.