Baby rescued after migrant boat capsizes off Aegean Sea

KUSADASI, Turkey (KABC) -- An 18-month-old Syrian boy was reunited with his mother in Turkey after the migrant boat they were on capsized off the Aegean Sea.

Turkish fishermen found the child, who had been floating alone for about five hours.

At first, they thought the baby had died. But then the fishermen heard him making sounds and saw he was still alive. They pulled the boy out of the water, took his life vest off and tried to revive him.

They covered the child with a blanket and rushed him to a hospital, where he is doing well.

The baby's tearful mother thanked his rescuers when she was reunited with her son, saying, you "gave him a new life."

Thousands of people continue to cross over from Turkey in frail boats seeking a better life in Europe.

The coast guard said one man was found dead on the eastern Aegean Sea island of Chios early Monday. Further north, on the island of Lesbos where most migrants head for, a woman drowned and 40 people were rescued from an inflatable dinghy that ran into trouble off the coast.

More than 500,000 migrants have entered Greece so far by sea from Turkey, and more than 120 have drowned.

Over the weekend, coast guards rescued 460 migrants in the Aegean. Thousands more safely reached shore.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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