Greek coastguard never boarded migrant ferry to Italy

December 31, 2014 3:21 PM

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ATHENS – Greece's coastguard only ran a cursory check on a cargo ship carrying 900 Syrian refugees that was on a collision course with the Italian shoreline, a source within the agency said on Wednesday.

“The coastguard contacted the captain of the ship, who said that there was no problem on board,” the source told AFP. “A navy frigate escorted the vessel briefly in Greek waters until it reached international waters and headed for Italy.” The Italian coastguard on Tuesday scrambled two helicopters o...

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