11 More Asylum Seekers Drown Crossing Turkey to Greece

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Greek authorities say 11 more people have drowned on the dangerous crossing from Turkey to Greece after a boat carrying nearly 30 refugees sank in heavy seas near the eastern island of Samos.

A Greek Coast Guard spokeswoman says the victims Sunday include five women, four babies and two children. Fifteen other passengers have been rescued and there's an ongoing search for "one or two missing."

All but one of the victims were retrieved from the sunken 6-meter (20-foot) plastic boat, which lies in waters 3 meters (10 feet) deep just 20 meters (yards) off the Greek island's rocky coast.

Winds of up to 50 kph (31 mph) have been hitting the area.

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