Crippled freighter with about 700 migrants being towed through gale to southern Greek island

November 26, 2014 7:00 AM

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Crippled freighter with about 700 migrants being towed through gale to southern Greek island

In this photo released by Greek Navy on Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, the 77-meter-long (250-foot) Baris cargo ship carrying some 700 people is seen about 30 nautical miles southeast of the Greek island of Crete. Ships from Greece rushed to help after a crippled freighter crammed with hundreds of migrants floundered for hours Tuesday in gale-force winds and high waves in the Mediterranean Sea, officials said. (AP Photo/Hellenic Navy) (The Associated Press)

ATHENS, Greece – Greek authorities say a navy vessel is towing a crippled freighter with hundreds of migrants on board to safety on the southern island of Crete, battling gale-force winds and high waves as it does so.

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