At least 24 migrants — including several children — died after their boat sank off a Greek island overnight, coast guard officials and an aid group said Thursday.
Rescue efforts were launched off Samos, close to the Turkish coast, after a survivor who struggled ashore told Greek authorities the boat had been carrying 40 to 45 people.
"We have 10 rescued and 11 missing," a Greek Coast Guard official told Reuters. "The search and rescue effort is continuing."
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Aid group Doctors Without Borders said nine of the 24 bodies pulled from the sea were children. It renewed its call for a safe land passage to be opened on the Greece-Turkey border in order to reduce the death toll in the Aegean Sea.