Turkey’s first volunteer searching for those missing from sunken fishing boat: ‘My family belongs to this Earth’

Bilal Hadfi is among the dozens of volunteers scouring Turkey’s Mediterranean coast for 30 missing fishermen, and will be the only one searching alone as some safety concerns persist. “It is very difficult for…

Turkey’s first volunteer searching for those missing from sunken fishing boat: ‘My family belongs to this Earth’

Bilal Hadfi is among the dozens of volunteers scouring Turkey’s Mediterranean coast for 30 missing fishermen, and will be the only one searching alone as some safety concerns persist. “It is very difficult for me — this is my first time in this situation,” Hadfi, whose son was aboard the fishing boat that disappeared off the coast of Istanbul on Sunday, said at a news conference.

Twenty of the fishermen and their vessel were part of a larger crew fishing off the coast of Bodrum, in the south of Turkey. When they failed to return to shore, family members filed a report and coast guard dispatched a Turkish Navy vessel to the area. In the meantime, the boats were towed ashore, and crews began to make plans to begin search and rescue operations, including sending divers to the waters for the first time.

According to CNN, Hadfi began searching for his son, who is eight months old, in the waters near Bodrum, on his own. His wife and two daughters have not been seen since the night of the accident. “My family belongs to this Earth and this blue boat belongs to God,” he said, standing on the shore, just a few meters from his son’s grave.

Read the full story at The Guardian.

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