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Greek authorities investigating migrant boat sinking that left 2 dead, 10 feared drowned

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    Immigrants who survived from a deadly boat accident arrives at the Greek Council of Refugees in Athens on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014. A top European human rights official criticized Greece on Wednesday following a deadly boat accident involving immigrants in the east Aegean Sea, some of whom claimed that the Greek coast guard was turning them away. Ten people are still missing after a fishing boat crammed with immigrants capsized in the dark Monday near the tiny Greek island of Farmakonisi while being towed by a coast guard vessel. The bodies of a woman and an 11-year-old boy were found by Turkish authorities. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis) (The Associated Press)

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    An immigrant who survived from a deadly boat accident arrives at the Greek Council of Refugees in Athens on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014. A top European human rights official criticized Greece on Wednesday following a deadly boat accident involving immigrants in the east Aegean Sea, some of whom claimed that the Greek coast guard was turning them away. Ten people are still missing after a fishing boat crammed with immigrants capsized in the dark Monday near the tiny Greek island of Farmakonisi while being towed by a coast guard vessel. The bodies of a woman and an 11-year old boy were found by Turkish authorities. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis) (The Associated Press)

Greek judicial authorities are investigating the deadly sinking of a migrant boat that was being towed by a coast guard vessel.

The small fishing boat crammed with 28 people had entered Greece illegally. The Coast Guard said it was towing the boat to the small Aegean Sea island of Farmakonissi when it capsized Monday, leaving two people dead and another 10 missing and feared drowned.

Survivors claimed Thursday the boat was being led to Turkish waters to be abandoned. They say they were mistreated by Coast Guard crew, who allegedly stood by as passengers struggled in rough seas.

Merchant Marine Minister Miltiadis Varvitsiotis flatly denies the allegations.

International rights groups have urged a full investigation.

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