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Greek coastguard rescues 85 migrants in Aegean Sea

Published on Jan 2, 2014 7:14 PM

ATHENS (AFP) - Greece's coastguard on Thursday rescued a group of 85 undocumented migrants including women and children from a sailing ship in the southeastern Aegean Sea, officials said.

"The migrants are currently being transferred to other vessels and will be taken to the island of Astypalaia," a coastguard spokeswoman told AFP.

Coastguard spokesman Nikos Lagadianos had earlier told Skai TV that the rescue process had been complicated by hail and high winds.

"We gave them food and water and they are not in danger," Mr Lagadianos told the channel.

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