The Turkish coast guard said Monday that they rescued 69 migrants just off the west Turkish coast, among them were 36 children.
The engine of the boat cut out, according to Turkish pro-government newspaper "Daily Sabah." The boat went into distress off of the Kusadasi district as it tried to reach the Greek island of Samos.
According to the "Daily Sabah," those saved were Afghans, and were taken to an immigration office after the rescue. Turkey hosts more than 3.5 million Syrian refugees, according to official figures. Turkey has also saved several people from Afghanistan and Iraq from the Aegean waters.
The Aegean Sea has proven to be a popular route, as tens of thousands crossed the sea from Turkey into Greece in 2018. But that is much lower than the peak of over 850,000 attempted crossings in 2015