Turkish naval ships and an plane have been deployed as a part of search and rescue efforts.

A ship carrying 45 migrants and refugees has sunk off southwest Turkey, prompting the coastguard to launch a search and rescue mission, the Turkish defence ministry mentioned.

The ministry mentioned in a press release on Friday it had obtained info on Thursday night that the vessel was sinking, some 259km (161 miles) southwest of the Turkish resort city of Kas.

Turkish naval ships and an plane had been on Friday finishing up search and rescue operations, the assertion added.

It was not instantly clear whether or not any of the people on board had been rescued. There was additionally no rapid info on the nationalities of these concerned.

Migrants and refugees typically use Turkey as a gateway to succeed in the European Union, primarily through Greece.

Many depend on smugglers and danger their lives via perilous journeys in overcrowded boats.

In 2016, Turkey signed a take care of the EU aimed toward curbing migrant and refugee arrivals from the nation into Europe in return for some incentives together with monetary help.

Turkey at present hosts some 3.7 million Syrian refugees.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has lengthy demanded extra help from the EU to take care of the refugees and has beforehand threatened to open Turkey’s border if the bloc doesn’t present extra funds.

In June, EU leaders gave a inexperienced mild to plans to offer Turkey one other three billion euros ($3.6bn) over the following few years to supply recent help to Syrian refugees on its territory and to assist the nation increase border controls.

The plan for the brand new funding is a part of a variety of enticements that the bloc is utilizing to attempt to hold Erdogan on facet, with Brussels additionally providing to modernise a customs union with Turkey and begin high-level talks on points from well being to safety.

However Turkey has known as lowering cooperation on migration to a monetary dimension “an enormous delusion” whereas urging larger cooperation with the bloc to sort out the problem.

Ankara has repeatedly mentioned it desires a evaluation of the 2016 deal in a trend that “responds to the wants of the day and customary pursuits”.

Turkey now fears a recent wave of migrants and refugees from Afghanistan after the USA withdrew its troops from the nation following years of preventing towards the Taliban armed group, which has been regaining territory not too long ago.

Erdogan mentioned this week that Ankara was holding talks with Afghan authorities over the problem of attainable migrant and refugee arrivals.