Krid, his mother Rihan, his father Abdullah, and and his five-year-old brother are in one of two boats carrying a total of 23 people that set off separately from the Akyarlar area of Turkey’s Bodrum peninsula, apparently headed to the Greek island of Kos, where they could have attempted to enter the European Union. Reports suggested that their ultimate destination was Canada.
The boat capsizes, and Aylan, his brother and mother drown. Aylan’s body is washed up washed up a few miles to the northeast in Turkey, not far from a beach resort. Seven people are rescued, and two reach the shore in life jackets. The boy’s father, Abdullah, survives. The image of Aylan’s dead body on the beach is broadcast around the world.