A boat carrying illegal migrants sank off Turkey's Aegean coast and at least 43 died, an official said Monday. A Turkish news agency said 48 died, and authorities feared the death toll could rise because more migrants were missing.
The 15-meter boat is believed to have sunk in rough weather Saturday off the coast of the town of Seferihisar, local Gov. Orhan Sefik Guldibi said. Six migrants were rescued and hospitalized, mostly for shock.
Citing survivors, the Coast Guard said a total of 85 people were board. Guldibi said 43 bodies, all of them male, had been recovered. Dogan news agency said 48 died.