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Coast guard rescues 242 people after boat capsizes near Lesbos, unclear how many were onboard

  • Afghan migrant uses a knife to puncture the dinghy in which he crossed with others from Turkey to the Greek island of Lesbos, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015. Greece’s government says it is preparing a rent-assistance program to cope with a growing number of refugees, who face the oncoming winter and mounting resistance in Europe. (AP Photo/Santi Palacios)

    Afghan migrant uses a knife to puncture the dinghy in which he crossed with others from Turkey to the Greek island of Lesbos, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015. Greece’s government says it is preparing a rent-assistance program to cope with a growing number of refugees, who face the oncoming winter and mounting resistance in Europe. (AP Photo/Santi Palacios)  (The Associated Press)

  • A group of Afghan migrants, including a small child carried through the water by man at left, disembark safely from their frail boat in bad weather on the Greek island of Lesbos after crossing the Aegean see from Turkey, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015. Greece’s government says it is preparing a rent-assistance program to cope with a growing number of refugees, who face the oncoming winter and mounting resistance in Europe. (AP Photo/Santi Palacios)

    A group of Afghan migrants, including a small child carried through the water by man at left, disembark safely from their frail boat in bad weather on the Greek island of Lesbos after crossing the Aegean see from Turkey, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015. Greece’s government says it is preparing a rent-assistance program to cope with a growing number of refugees, who face the oncoming winter and mounting resistance in Europe. (AP Photo/Santi Palacios)  (The Associated Press)

  • Paramedics and doctors try to revive a baby after a boat with refugees and migrants sunk while was crossing the Aegean sea from Turkey to the Greek island of Lesbos on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015. The condition of the child is not known. A 7-year-old boy died off Lesbos, where most migrants land, while a 12-month-old girl was in critical condition in hospital from the same boat accident. Greek authorities said Wednesday that at least five people, including four children, have drowned as thousands of refugees and economic migrants continued to head to the Aegean Sea islands in frail boats from Turkey, in worsening weather. (AP Photo/Santi Palacios)

    Paramedics and doctors try to revive a baby after a boat with refugees and migrants sunk while was crossing the Aegean sea from Turkey to the Greek island of Lesbos on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015. The condition of the child is not known. A 7-year-old boy died off Lesbos, where most migrants land, while a 12-month-old girl was in critical condition in hospital from the same boat accident. Greek authorities said Wednesday that at least five people, including four children, have drowned as thousands of refugees and economic migrants continued to head to the Aegean Sea islands in frail boats from Turkey, in worsening weather. (AP Photo/Santi Palacios)  (The Associated Press)

The Greek coast guard said it rescued 242 people off the eastern island of Lesbos Wednesday after the wooden boat they traveled in capsized, leaving at least three people dead.

Rescuers continue to search the rough waters for more survivors and the coast guard said it remains unclear how many people were on the boat when it went under.

The International Organization for Migration said in a statement some sources told it 200 people were onboard the boat, while others had told it 300.

The accident raised the total death toll from 5 separate incidents in the eastern Aegean Sea Wednesday to 11, as thousands of people continued to head to the Greek islands in frail boats from Turkey in stormy weather.

Greece is the main entry point for people from the Middle East and Africa seeking a better future in Europe. Well over half a million have arrived so far this year.

In a separate incident earlier Wednesday, a 7-year-old boy died off Lesbos while a 12-month-old girl was in critical condition in hospital from the same boat accident.

Another three children and a man died off the coast of Samos, while one woman and two children drowned off the islet of Agathonissi.