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One hundred migrants rescued from sinking boat

A group of 100 undocumented immigrants rescued from a foundering a sailing boat off Lefkada late on Monday were undergoing medical inspections on the Ionian island on Tuesday as local police questioned another three migrants believed to be their smugglers.

Coast guard vessels were dispatched to tow in the boat on Monday evening after the captain of a tanker saw the vessel taking on water a few kilometers off the island’s western coast and telephoned in an emergency call to authorities.

It remained unclear on Tuesday whether the boat had set sail from Igoumenitsa or some other western port but it is believed to have been bound for Italy. There were no details available about the ethnic origin of the migrants or the smugglers.