Three bodies found near migrant shipwreck off Greece

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Three bodies have been recovered near the site of a migrant shipwreck between Italy and Greece from which more than 60 people were reported missing, a spokesperson for the Italian coast guard said on Tuesday.

The migrants were on a sailing boat about 200 kilometres east of the Italian region of Calabria. Eleven survivors and the body of a woman were taken ashore on Monday, and aid groups said 64 people, including 26 children, were unaccounted for.

The coast guard said late on Monday it had deployed two patrol boats, one ship and a plane to search for the missing. It did not release further information about the three recovered bodies.

The migrants had set sail from Turkey and came from Iran, Syria and Iraq, according to a joint statement from the UN refugee agency UNHCR, the International Organization for Migration and the UN children's agency, UNICEF.

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