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Greek coast guard: 29 migrants rescued in Aegean

June 9, 2014

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s coast guard says one of its patrol boats has rescued 29 migrants from a small vessel taking on water near the eastern Aegean island of Samos.

The coast guard said the rescue on Monday morning took place inside Turkish territorial waters in bad weather conditions after the patrol boat spotted the inflatable speedboat, which it said was listing severely.

Those rescued included two women and a child, the coast guard said in a statement, adding that the migrants were transported to the island of Lesbos after Turkish authorities refused to receive them.

Greece is a major entry point for migrants attempting to enter the 28-nation European Union. Many attempt to cross from the nearby Turkish coast to Greek islands in unseaworthy or overcrowded boats, and fatal accidents are frequent.

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