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Greece’s coast guard rescues 52 people from migrant sailboat anchored off remote uninhabited island


ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s coast guard says it has mounted a rescue operation for 52 migrants crammed onto a sailing boat found anchored off the coast of an uninhabited island far off the country’s mainland. Officials said Tuesday that a private vessel had spotted the sailing boat anchored off the small island of Falconera in an area known for strong currents and rough seas. The migrants were being taken by coast guard vessels later Tuesday to the port of Lavrio, southeast of Athens. Thirty-seven people were picked up from dinghies in two separate incidents Tuesday off the eastern Aegean island of Samos and 14 from a small boat off the island of Lesbos on Monday.

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