ANKARA, Turkey -- One of 45 illegal immigrants feared dead after a shipwreck off Turkey's coast turned up exhausted but alive on the shoreline Tuesday, after authorities had all but abandoned hopes of finding any more survivors.
A navy rescue team discovered the Bangladeshi man sheltering in a rocky bay a day after the cargo ship carrying illegal immigrants to Greece hit rocks and split in half. He brought the number of known survivors to 33.
At least six people died in the wreck, and survivors told authorities many of those aboard had been locked in a cargo hold that sank to the seabed.
The Bangaldeshi man, Abukalam Ajad, apparently swam from the ship to a bay about a mile away. He was rushed to a hospital for medical treatment, private NTV television reported.
The rescue came amid dimming hopes for the 44 still missing.
"It is difficult to imagine anyone living out there, after seeing human body parts washing ashore," said Can Karaca, who is supervising the rescue efforts.
After the Georgian-flagged cargo ship "Pati" hit the rocks in a storm Monday, one half sank about 100 yards off the Mediterranean resort of Kemer. The other half drifted toward the rocky shore.
Karaca said survivors told him many of those aboard had been locked in the cargo area in the sunken half of the ship. He said navy divers will examine the wreckage when weather permits.
A navy official said frogmen were not able to dive into the wreckage Tuesday because of low visibility following a storm.
A navy helicopter was continuing the search from the air while a frigate used sonar to search the seabed for parts of the ship.
Rescue efforts had n halted Monday afternoon by high winds and waves.
The ship had a crew of 10 and was carrying at least 73 passengers, all believed to be illegal immigrants headed for Greece. They included Moroccans, Bangladeshis, Pakistanis, Indians and Afghans.
Many of the survivors said they hadn't been fed in three days.
Among those rescued were six crew members, including the ship's Greek captain. Authorities were still investigating when and where the immigrants had boarded.
The 400-ton cargo ship left the nearby port city of Antalya on Sunday heading for Greece. It had sailed from Israel to Turkey last week, authorities said.
Thousands of illegal immigrants from Asia and the Middle East pay smugglers to sneak them first into Turkey and then into European countries each year.
In August, 24 people drowned when a Turkish boat with 31 illegal immigrants traveling to Greece capsized in the Aegean Sea.
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