Greek coast guard rescues dozens of migrants in southwest

August 19, 2016 6:24 AM

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ATHENS, Greece – Greece's coast guard says it has rescued dozens of migrants whose boat ran aground on a deserted islet off the coast of southwestern Greece, hundreds of miles from the usual entry point of migrants into the European Union nation.

The coast guard said Friday the boat carrying about 70 people ran aground overnight on the tiny islet of Sapientza, off the southwestern tip of the Peloponnese. The vast majority of migrants reach Greece's eastern Aegean islands a few miles from the Turkish coast.

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