Cyprus search and rescue underway for 300 people stranded at sea

September 25, 2014 9:57 PM

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NICOSIA (REUTERS) - A search and rescue operation was underway off Cyprus on Thursday for 300 people stranded at sea who authorities suspect may be refugees from Syria.

Authorities said they received a distress signal early on Thursday morning from a small vessel sailing some 50 nautical miles (92 km) south-west of the town of Paphos, on Cyprus's western coast.

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