At least 14 people, including four children, were drowned when a wooden boat carrying refugees and migrants sank in waters southeast of the island of Agathonissi on Saturday. According to initial reports, there were 20 people on board the boat at the time.

Greek coast guard patrol boats initially recovered the bodies of six people (one man, two women and four children), while authorities reported the recovery of another eight dead bodies later on Saturday without specifying their sex and age.

Two women and one man from the shipwreck managed to swim ashore unharmed, reaching a beach in Agathonissi.

The Greek coast guard launched a major rescue operation after the sinking was called in on Saturday morning, with the participation of two offshore vessels, two patrol boats, a Hellenic Navy gunboat, three fishing boats, a Hellenic Air Force helicopter, a Frontex vessel and nearby ships.