38 missing in the Aegean after migrant boat sinking

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LESBOS, Greece (AP) — Authorities on the Greek island of Lesbos search Thursday for 38 people believed still missing after the sinking of a wooden boat carrying migrants. Earlier, 242 people were rescued and three bodies were recovered.

At first light Thursday, a helicopter from the European border protection agency Frontex joined the search by Greek coast guard vessels off the northern coast of the island.

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38 missing in the Aegean after migrant boat sinking
In this Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015 photo a pink float used as protection for small children in the water remains left behind on the shore of a beach next to the town of Molyvos, on the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos. The migrants arrive by the hundreds on the beaches of the Greek island of Lesbos. And in their eagerness to move on, they leave behind belongings they carried with them. (AP Photo/Santi Palacios)
In this Monday, Oct. 5, 2015 photo, a children's toy is portrayed on a beach next to the town of Molyvos, on the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos. The migrants arrive by the hundreds on the beaches of the Greek island of Lesbos. And in their eagerness to move on, they leave behind belongings they carried with them. (AP Photo/Santi Palacios)
In this Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015 photo, the national identity card of a Syrian woman remains left behind on a beach next to the town of Molyvos, on the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos. The migrants arrive by the hundreds on the beaches of the Greek island of Lesbos. And in their eagerness to move on, they leave behind belongings they carried with them. (AP Photo/Santi Palacios)
In this Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015 photo a Syrian passport found on the road that runs along the north of the Greek island of Lesbos is placed to be portrayed on a beach next to the town of Skala Sikaminias, on the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos. (AP Photo/Santi Palacios)
In this Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015 photo a feeding bottle remains left behind early in the morning on a beach next to the town of Skala Sikaminias, on the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos. (AP Photo/Santi Palacios)
In this Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015 photo, the engine of a boat used by refugees to travel from the Turkish coast to the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos remains abandoned underwater near the shore of a beach next to the town of Skala Sikaminias. (AP Photo/Santi Palacios)
In this Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015 photo, a boarding card of a Baghdad-Istanbul flight remains left behind on a beach next to the town of Molyvos, on the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos. (AP Photo/Santi Palacios)
In this Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015 photo, a lipstick remains left behind on a beach next to the town of Molyvos, on the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos. (AP Photo/Santi Palacios)
In this Monday, Oct. 5, 2015 photo a photograph of a man pointing a fire gun in a wooded area remains left behind next to the road that runs along the north of Greek island of Lesbos. (AP Photo/Santi Palacios)
In this Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015 photo a lifejacket remains left behind on a beach next to the town of Skala Sikaminias, on the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos. The migrants arrive by the hundreds on the beaches of the Greek island of Lesbos. And in their eagerness to move on, they leave behind belongings they carried with them. (AP Photo/Santi Palacios)
In this Friday, Oct. 2, 2015 photo, a page from a Quran, the holy book of Muslims, lies on the beach in the Greek island of Lesbos. The migrants arrive by the hundreds on the beaches of the Greek island of Lesbos. And in their eagerness to move on, they leave behind belongings they carried with them. (AP Photo/Santi Palacios)
In this Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015 photo, a notebook with notes and drawings is placed to be portrayed a few cm from the place where it was found on a beach next to the town of Skala Sikaminias, on the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos. (AP Photo/Santi Palacios)
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At least 11 people — mostly children — died in five separate incidents in the eastern Aegean Sea on Wednesday as thousands of people continue to head to the Greek islands from Turkey in frail boats and stormy weather.

Lesbos has borne the brunt of the refugee crisis in Greece, with more than 300,000 reaching the island this year — and the number of daily arrivals recently peaking at 7,500.

In a dramatic scene late Wednesday, dozens of paramedics and volunteers helped in the effort to assist the survivors, wrapping them in foil blankets and prioritizing ambulance transport.

Eighteen children were hospitalized, three in serious condition, local authorities said.

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