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Greek coast guard rescues hundreds of migrants, refugees in sea off eastern Aegean islands

  • A woman reacts as she tries to board a crowded bus with her baby, transporting them to the metro station, after their arrival from the Greek island of Lesbos at Athens' port of Piraeus, Monday, Sept. 28, 2015. The Greek ferry Elefhterios Venizelos is part of special ferry service for refugees and migrants that carries 2,500 paying passengers. More than 250,000 asylum seekers have passed through Greece so far this year. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

    A woman reacts as she tries to board a crowded bus with her baby, transporting them to the metro station, after their arrival from the Greek island of Lesbos at Athens' port of Piraeus, Monday, Sept. 28, 2015. The Greek ferry Elefhterios Venizelos is part of special ferry service for refugees and migrants that carries 2,500 paying passengers. More than 250,000 asylum seekers have passed through Greece so far this year. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)  (The Associated Press)

  • A boy with his family waits for the bus transporting them to the metro station after their arrival from the Greek island of Lesbos at Athens' port of Piraeus, Monday, Sept. 28, 2015. The Greek ferry Elefhterios Venizelos is part of special ferry service for refugees and migrants that carries 2,500 paying passengers. More than 250,000 asylum seekers have passed through Greece so far this year. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

    A boy with his family waits for the bus transporting them to the metro station after their arrival from the Greek island of Lesbos at Athens' port of Piraeus, Monday, Sept. 28, 2015. The Greek ferry Elefhterios Venizelos is part of special ferry service for refugees and migrants that carries 2,500 paying passengers. More than 250,000 asylum seekers have passed through Greece so far this year. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)  (The Associated Press)

  • Immigrants and refugees arrive on a ferry from the Greek island of Lesbos at Athens' port of Piraeus, Monday, Sept. 28, 2015. The Greek ferry Elefhterios Venizelos is part of special ferry service for refugees and migrants that carries 2,500 paying passengers. More than 250,000 asylum seekers have passed through Greece so far this year. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

    Immigrants and refugees arrive on a ferry from the Greek island of Lesbos at Athens' port of Piraeus, Monday, Sept. 28, 2015. The Greek ferry Elefhterios Venizelos is part of special ferry service for refugees and migrants that carries 2,500 paying passengers. More than 250,000 asylum seekers have passed through Greece so far this year. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)  (The Associated Press)

Greece's coast guard says it has rescued 922 people over the past three days as they attempted to reach eastern Aegean islands clandestinely from the nearby Turkish coast.

The coast guard said the migrants and refugees were picked up in 32 search and rescue operations from Friday morning to Monday morning off the islands of Lesbos, Chios, Samos, Agathonissi, Kalymnos, Kalolimnos, Kos, Symi and Rhodes.

More than 250,000 asylum seekers have passed through Greece so far this year. The vast majority are Syrians, Iraqis and Afghans fleeing conflict at home. Most cross to Greek islands in overcrowded inflatable dinghies and other boats, and then head north overland through the Bakans, aiming for the more prosperous European Union countries such as Germany, Austria and the Scandinavian nation.