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3 migrants or refugees missing at sea off Greek island found safe by fishing boat

  • Migrants disembark from the catamaran Terra Jet at the Athens' port of Piraeus, on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015. About 1,800 refugees arrived from the northeastern Aegean island of Lesbos as the country has been overwhelmed by record numbers of migrants this year. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

    Migrants disembark from the catamaran Terra Jet at the Athens' port of Piraeus, on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015. About 1,800 refugees arrived from the northeastern Aegean island of Lesbos as the country has been overwhelmed by record numbers of migrants this year. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)  (The Associated Press)

  • A boy cries as other migrants push to enter an overcrowded bus, transporting them to the metro station after their arrival with the catamaran Terra Jet at the Athens' port of Piraeus, on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015. About 1,800 refugees arrived from the northeastern Aegean island of Lesbos as the country has been overwhelmed by record numbers of migrants this year.  (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

    A boy cries as other migrants push to enter an overcrowded bus, transporting them to the metro station after their arrival with the catamaran Terra Jet at the Athens' port of Piraeus, on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015. About 1,800 refugees arrived from the northeastern Aegean island of Lesbos as the country has been overwhelmed by record numbers of migrants this year. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)  (The Associated Press)

  • A boy with his family enters a bus transporting them to the metro station after their arrival with the catamaran Terra Jet at the Athens' port of Piraeus, on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015. About 1,800 refugees arrived from the northeastern Aegean island of Lesbos as the country has been overwhelmed by record numbers of migrants this year.  (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

    A boy with his family enters a bus transporting them to the metro station after their arrival with the catamaran Terra Jet at the Athens' port of Piraeus, on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015. About 1,800 refugees arrived from the northeastern Aegean island of Lesbos as the country has been overwhelmed by record numbers of migrants this year. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)  (The Associated Press)

Greece's coast guard says three migrants or refugees who had been reported missing at sea overnight have been found alive and rescued by a fishing boat.

A search and rescue operation involving a helicopter, a coast guard patrol boat and a vessel from the European border patrol force Frontex was launched when the three were reported missing off the coast of the eastern Aegean island of Kos, the coast guard said Tuesday. It was unclear how they ended up in the water.

Greece has been overwhelmed by a massive refugee and migration crisis, with more than 200,000 people arriving so far this year. The coast guard said it had rescued 1,058 people at sea in 28 incidents off eastern Aegean islands from Tuesday morning to Wednesday morning.