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126 migrants reach Greek shores

Published 21/04/2015

The wreckage of a boat which was carrying dozens of migrants off the eastern Aegean island of Rhodes. (AP)
The wreckage of a boat which was carrying dozens of migrants off the eastern Aegean island of Rhodes. (AP)

Greek authorities have picked up more than 120 migrants who entered the country by sea on three separate vessels, a day after a yacht with 90 people on board foundered off the island of Rhodes, drowning three.

The Merchant Marine Ministry said 42 people, including seven children, were taken off a small boat near the eastern Aegean Sea islet of Agathonissi. All are in good health.

A further 84 people were located in separate incidents on the islet of Farmakonissi and the island of Lesvos.

About 550 migrants have reached Greek shores over the past three days, amid a surge of immigration that has seen arrivals exceed 12,000 this year, a near threefold increase on last year.

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