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Turkish Coast Guard, Fishermen Rescue 57 Stranded Migrants From Island

Turkey's coast guard and Turkish fishermen have rescued 57 migrants who were stranded on a small island off the Turkish coastal resort of Dikili while they tried to reach Greece.

Twelve people in the group, including three children, were airlifted off the island in a helicopter on January 3.

The remainder were rescued with fishing boats because the larger coast-guard ships were unable to maneuver along the rocky shoreline.

Turkey has promised the European Union that it will exercise tighter controls on its sea borders after hundreds of thousands of refugees, mainly from war-ravaged Syria, made the journey from Turkey to Greece in 2015.

Despite Ankara's promises, refugees are still making the treacherous sea crossing every day.

Based on reporting by AFP, AP, and Anadolu