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Migrant Crisis: 42, Including 17 Kids, Drown off Greek Coast

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    Greek Coast guard officers prepare for a rescue mission at the port of Kalymnos island on Friday, Jan. 22, 2016. A wooden sailboat carrying an undetermined number of people sank off the islet of Kalolimnos near the Greek southeastern island of Kalymnos.

    At least 42 refugees and migrants, including 17 children, drowned Friday off the cost of Greece while crossing the Aegean Sea from Turkey, NBC News reported.

    Officials blamed the drownings in two separate incidents on overcrowded boats. More than three dozen others survived the crossing, coast guard officials told NBC News.

    Since January 2015, 1,084,625 migrants, mostly from the Middle East, North Africa and Afghanistan, are reported to have arrived to Europe by land and sea routes, of which 1,048,268 have arrived by sea," according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).