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Greek coast guard says 5 die in boat accident

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Greece's coast guard says the total number of people rescued from a boat carrying people from Turkey to the nearby Greek island of Lesvos has increased to 65, while a total of five bodies were recovered from the water.

The coast guard said Wednesday that the bodies were those of three children and two men. There were no further missing people reported.

The migrant boat ran into trouble north of Lesvos Tuesday night. Details remained unclear.

The coast guard says a total of 457 people were rescued between Tuesday morning and Wednesday morning in 13 separate incidents.

More than 600,000 people have arrived in Greece so far this year, with most arriving on Lesbos. From there, they make their way to the Greek mainland on ferries and then head overland to more prosperous European Union countries in the north.

Thousands of migrants are stranded on Lesvos due to a ferry strike that began Monday. [AP]