Cargo ship carrying hundreds of migrants adrift in high winds off Greek island of Crete

November 25, 2014 8:15 AM

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ATHENS, Greece – A freighter carrying hundreds of migrants trying to enter Europe is drifting in high winds off the island of Crete, and Greek authorities have launched a rescue mission with five ships.

A coast guard statement says the 77-meter-long (250-foot) cargo freighter suffered engine failure Tuesday, some 30 nautical miles southeast of Crete.

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