Two children have died and four others are missing after a ship carrying 18 refugees sank near the Greek island of Chios.
At around 10:30 am local time (08:30 am in Lisbon), a boat from the European Border Agency, Frontex, spotted a target vessel, a Coast Guard source told Efe news agency.
The boat rescued 12 refugees: five men, three women and four children – three of them under 6 and one at 12 – and found the bodies of two other children, one 4 and a few months old.
The survivors indicated to the Frontex team that four other occupants of the vessel were missing, and a rescue operation involving three Coast Guard ships, two boats and a Frontex plane and a Hellenic Air Force helicopter was launched.
According to the Coast Guard, the weather conditions in the wreck zone are good.
Refugee arrivals from Greece from Turkey have increased significantly this year, and in August 9,300 people arrived in the Aegean Islands, the highest since the joint statement of March 2016 between the European Union and Turkey on the management of migration crisis.
Over the past 24 hours, 358 people have been rescued in eight operations in Greece, according to the Coast Guard.
More than 26,000 people are housed in the Aegean islands' registration camps, facilities initially prepared to house 5,800 people.
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