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Originally published Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 7:45 AM

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3 dead migrants found off Greek island

Greece's coast guard says the bodies of three male would-be migrants have been retrieved in the waters off the eastern Aegean island of Chios.

Associated Press

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ATHENS, Greece —

Greece's coast guard says the bodies of three male would-be migrants have been retrieved in the waters off the eastern Aegean island of Chios.

Two bodies were found Sunday morning by fishermen and the third later by a coast guard vessel. The men's national origins were not immediately clear, but they may have been trying to cross into Greece from Turkey.

A coast guard spokesman, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak on the record to media, confirmed that an autopsy on the first two bodies showed they had drowned.

Tens of thousands of illegal migrants cross into Greece annually, most over the land and sea border with Turkey.

The sea crossing, brief but often through turbulent waters and involving overloaded boats, is sometimes fatal.

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