Five passengers, four women and one child, were pronounced dead by authorities while five more are missing, when a boat carrying refugees trying to reach Samos island sank.
The boat, coming from Turkey, capsized early Saturday morning. The Hellenic Coast Guard and Frontrex are conducting a rescue operation for the remaining passengers.
Five other migrants were rescued, coast guard officials said, and coast guard vessels assisted by a helicopter were searching for more survivors.
The incident occurred a day after two ferries took more than 120 migrants back to Turkey from the Greek island of Lesvos, per the European Union – Turkey deal to stop illegal migrant flows from Turkey to Greece.
Although flows have slowed, migrants continue to arrive to the Greek islands from the Turkish shores. According to Greek authorities said 149 had arrived illegally on Lesvos, Samos and Chios in 24 hours to Friday morning.