Two dead after tourist boat capsizes off Turkish resort city

Two people died after a tourist boat carrying 86 people capsized and sank in a storm off the coastal resort city of Antalya in south-west Turkey, the state-run Anadolu agency reported.

Divers recovered the bodies of a Lebanese holidaymaker and a Turkish passenger from the wreckage at a depth of 45 metres on Sunday, according to the report.

The coastguard and other boats rescued 84 people after the vessel came into difficulty in stormy weather about 25 kilometres from the coast.

A survivor was quoted as saying the boat capsized suddenly and toss everyone on board into the sea. Of the 38 survivors who were taken to hospital, two remained hospitalized for observation, the provincial governor said, according to Anadolu.

The captain of the tourist boat, its owner and two crew members have been arrested in connection with the incident, Anadolu reported.

The deaths come as a further blow to Turkey's struggling tourism industry, which has been badly affected recently by terrorist attacks, domestic conflict and political uncertainty in the wake of a failed coup put many foreigners off visiting.

Last update: Sun, 04/09/2016 - 22:24
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