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40 migrants rescued in Greece, survivors of fatal incident sail to Athens

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An African immigrant, one of the 32 from Syria and Somalia who survived from one of the deadliest migrant boat accidents which occurred on May 5 in Greek waters, arrives at the port of Piraeus, near Athens, on Monday, May 12, 2014. At least 22 people, including families trapped in a flooded cabin, drowned when a yacht and a dinghy crammed with migrants trying to slip into Greece capsized last week in the eastern Aegean Sea, next to the island of Samos, authorities said. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris) (The Associated Press)

Authorities in Greece say 40 migrants trying to enter the country illegally have been detained on an island in the eastern Aegean Sea.

The immigrants traveling in a dinghy from nearby Turkey were picked up by a coast guard vessel early Monday off the island of Lesvos after one of the passengers called emergency services on a cell phone, according to the Merchant Marine Ministry. The ministry said all the migrants were in good health but gave no details about their nationalities.

Also Monday, survivors of a deadly migrant boat accident arrived by ferry at a port near Athens after the government suspended their deportation orders for six months. At least 22 people, mostly from Somalia and Syria, died in the May 5 incident, when two boats overturned.