200 migrants rescued in seas off Greek islands so far in 2016

ATHENS, Greece - Greece's coast guard says 217 migrants have been rescued by authorities since the start of the new year in four separate incidents.

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Migrants, the majority of them refugees from Syria's civil war, keep trying to enter the European Union despite the cold and rough seas.

A coast guard spokeswoman said conditions in the eastern Aegean Sea were "very unfavourable" with high winds prevailing.

The first casualty of the year, a boy, died on Saturday when an inflatable dinghy carrying 40 people was thrown into rocks off the Greek island of Agathonisi. The others were rescued, including a woman who had been thrown at sea during the crash.

On Sunday, 56 people had been rescued so far, according to the coast guard.



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