Turkey launches rescue operation for migrants adrift in Aegean

Turkey's Coast Guard on Monday launched a search and rescue mission for ten migrants missing after their boat sank in the Aegean Sea, the state-run Anadolu Agency reported

The boat capsized early Monday off the coast of Dikili, near the city of Izmir, close to the Greek island of Lesbos. Turkish authorities launched the rescue operation after two of the migrants managed to swim to shore, Anadolu Agency said. 

There was no immediate detail on the nationalities of the migrants.

Turkey is one of the main departure points for migrants seeking to enter Europe by sea, but a 2016 agreement with the European Union sharply cut the numbers of refugees using that route.

The International Organization for Migration has called the Mediterranean "by far the world's deadliest border," as more than 33,000 migrants have died at sea trying to enter Europe since 2000.