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A diver from the Turkish sea police carries a girl in a rescue boat as other divers look for victims in the Aegean sea off Turkey yesterday.

A diver from the Turkish sea police carries a girl in a rescue boat as other divers look for victims in the Aegean sea off Turkey yesterday.

A diver from the Turkish sea police carries a girl in a rescue boat as other divers look for victims in the Aegean sea off Turkey yesterday.

AS many as 31 children drowned yesterday when a boat laden with migrants from the Middle East sank off the Turkish coast, writes David Blair.

The fishing vessel packed with people went down in the eastern Mediterranean, claiming a total of 60 lives. In an area where dangerous and over-crowded boats are frequently used to carry migrants, this incident was among the worst in recent years.

The vessel appears to have hit rocks a few hundred yards from the shore, sinking rapidly. At least half the dead were children, apparently because they were on the lower deck when the collision took place.

About 45 survivors were able to swim to safety and reach the Turkish province of Izmir. Those on board the boat included Iraqis, Syrians and Palestinians (©Daily Telegraph London)

Irish Independent