40 migrants rescued in Greece

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Associated Press

Posted on May 12, 2014 at 5:32 AM

Updated Monday, May 12 at 5:36 AM

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Authorities in Greece say 40 migrants trying to enter the country illegally have been detained on an island in the eastern Aegean Sea.

The immigrants traveling in a dinghy from nearby Turkey were picked up by a coast guard vessel early Monday off the island of Lesvos after one of the passengers called emergency services on a cell phone, according to the Merchant Marine Ministry. The ministry said all the migrants were in good health but gave no details about their nationalities.

Also Monday, survivors of a deadly migrant boat accident arrived by ferry at a port near Athens after the government suspended their deportation orders for six months. At least 22 people, mostly from Somalia and Syria, died in the May 5 incident, when two boats overturned.

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