Dramatic footage has emerged showing Turkish fishermen rescuing an 18-month-old Syrian boy in the Aegean sea after the boat he was on capsized on the way to Greece.
The video begins as the fishermen, from the town of Kusadasi, approach survivors floating in the sea on Wednesday 21 October. The boy, since identified as Mohammed Hassan, was with a group of children, but while the others were active, he looked lifeless.
But when Recep Evran pulled the baby on board, he realised the boy was alive and began frantically trying to revive him.
The crew suspected hypothermia as the child’s extremities were very pale. He was placed in a blanket and a distress call was picked up by a tow boat, which eventually took the child to Kusadasi. Meanwhile, the fishermen rescued another 15 people.
Most of those floating in the water were women crying for help, including one who was pregnant. The group had been in the water for about five hours before they were found by the fishermen, who then alerted the coastguard.
Two people were confirmed dead and 16 others missing after two boats headed for Greece capsized off the Aegean coast, according to reports on the incident.
Mohammed is now in good health and has since been released from a hospital in the provincial capital, Izmir, after initial treatment in Kusadasi. He has also been reunited with his mother, 23-year-old Lorin Halef, who said the smugglers had promised them a bigger boat than the one they journeyed on.