The Athens-Madeconia News Agency has reported that the Coast Guard and Frontex have launched a search and rescue operation off the coast of Samos on Saturday morning.

According to the reports, a boat carrying refugees capsized off the coast of Samos early on Saturday morning. One child appears to have died during the rescue operation, while the bodies of four women have been recovered.

Five people have been rescued so far – two women, two men and one child. According to the survivors there were about 10 people on board the vessel.