Friday, 4 September 2015

Beach barman describes moment he found Aylan's body on a beach

A Turkish barman today narrated how he pulled the lifeless body of a three-year-old Syrian boy from the water before tenderly closing his eyes for the final time.

According to dailymail.
The below photo of Aylan Kurdi and his brother Galip broke a million hearts when he washed up on beach a near Bodrum in Turkey yesterday morning after the boat carrying his family overturned.
AYLAN KURDI(left) GALIP (right) 
The image of a Turkish gendarmerie tenderly carrying him off the beach has become a symbol of the migration crisis in Europe. His brother Galip and mother Rehan also died in the tragedy that killed 12 people in two boats.

Adil Demirtas, 18, a barman and chef at Woxxie hotel, said he came across the heart-breaking sight of the toddler’s body as well as the body of a little girl wearing pink trousers when he arrived at work yesterday morning at about 6.30am.

He and a friend pulled the bodies out of the water onto the sand in horror before calling an ambulance. But it was too late to save their young lives.

Today their father, Abdullah, who had tried to save his family when the boat capsized, arrived at a morgue in the city of Mugla to say his final goodbyes.

Mr Demitas, who has worked at the hotel for three years, had arrived at about 6.30am yesterday morning and was preparing the bar when his friend shouted out and pointed to something in the shallow water.

He said: ‘I ran towards it and saw them. I was so afraid. He helped me pull them out of the water.

‘They looked still alive, like they were sleeping, smiling a little. Their faces and arms and legs looked so new still. They couldn’t have been in the water an hour.

‘Their eyes were open. I closed them softly.’

The teenage resort worker said he was profoundly affected by the horrific discovery.

‘I can’t eat anything. I couldn’t sleep last night. I kept thinking about the two children,' he told MailOnline.

‘I don’t have children but my brother has two about the same age and I am very close to them. I will think about it for a long time I think.’
Aylan Kurdi is just one of almost 3,000 migrants who have already died this year in the Mediterranean

The sight of boats carrying their cargo of desperate families has become a familiar one to the barman over the last few months.

Every night he sits on the jetty with friends and sees traffickers set off three or four boats, each laden with people.

Mr Demitas said he had swum out to rescue six or seven people after they had fallen in the water in the past few months.

The traffickers choose this stretch of idyllic beach each because it is the nearest to the Greek island of Kos, just a few miles across the sea.

‘But Golden Beach is very dangerous,' he explained. ‘I try to warn them that there are currents.

'I tell them “Why do you go? You have little children”. But they don’t listen.'

The number of deaths has increased lately on this stretch of the Aegean Sea, as the traffickers get more greedy.

The Pakistani ‘managers’ of the gang are currently said to be packing double the safe number of people – ten to a tiny dinghy that should carry five - to get the maximum return on their investment.

It is claimed that the people on Aylan’s boat paid 2,050 euros each for the crossing.

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