Greece rescuing hundreds of migrants

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Greece’s coastguard on Tuesday was rescuing a fishing boat with up to 500 migrants onboard in strong winds southwest of Crete, a spokeswoman told.

The distress call said there are 400-500 people on board,” a coastguard spokeswoman told, adding that the operation was hampered by near gale-force winds. “They can see the boat, it’s adrift, there is a large number of people on board,” she added.

The coastguard said it had received the distress call shortly after midnight on Monday. Two nearby cargo ships, a tanker and two Italian fishing boats were lending assistance, it said.—INP

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