Five migrants trying to reach Greece drown off Turkish coast

Rubber dinghy left abandoned following a failed attempt to cross from Turkey to greek island of Kos, 2015. (File photo: AP)

Five people have drowned off the Turkish coast as they tried to reach the Greek islands, underscoring the deadly risks of making even short crossings to Europe in overcrowded plastic dinghies.

Early Tuesday, an Associated Press video and photo team saw the Turkish coast guard unload five body bags from a patrol boat as rescued migrants, one man with his head in his hands, sat on the wharf.

A wailing young boy and a man were put into ambulances as survivors looked on.

Details of the nationalities and identities of the dead were not immediately available.

Bodrum coast guard declined comment. State-run Anadolu news agency also reported that five migrants drowned.

Last Update: 09:06 KSA 12:06 - GMT 09:06