Ankara, Sep 27: At least 10 people were killed when a boat carrying migrants sank off Turkey’s Aegean Sea coast on Sunday, the media reported. (Read: Flood warning issued in Thailand)

The boat sank near the Bodrum peninsula in Turkey, which is a preferred location for refugees trying to reach the Greek island of Kos. The route is considered one of the shortest by sea from Asia to EU territory, reported Xinhua news agency.

In the first five months of 2015, over 42,000 people, mostly refugees, reached Greece by sea, according to the UN refugee agency UNHCR. The agency said more than 300,000 people have risked their lives to cross the Mediterranean Sea so far this year, with around 2,500 refugees and migrants having died or gone missing trying to reach Europe.