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

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.