Greece’s coast guard said at least three people were killed on Friday when a migrant boat sank in the Aegean Sea, just hours after a similar sinking killed 11 people.
The latest tragedy, the third since Wednesday, came amid high smuggling activity not seen in Greek waters in months.
The Coast Guard said it found three bodies and rescued 57 people from a boat that capsized and sank near Paros island.
Hours earlier, on Thursday evening, 11 bodies were recovered from a boat that capsized on an island north of the Greek island of Antikythera.
The Coast Guard said ninety people stranded on the island were rescued, including 27 children and 11 women.
On Wednesday, a canoe carrying migrants capsized on the island of Folegandros, killing at least three people.
Greek officials said thirteen people had been rescued, while dozens were missing.
Survivors gave conflicting accounts: some said there were 32 people on board, while others put the number at around 50, a Coast Guard official told AFP.
The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said the Folegandros accident in the Aegean Sea this year was the worst.
“The shipwreck is a painful reminder that people are embarking on dangerous voyages in search of safety,” said UNHCR’s assistant representative in Greece, Adriano Silvestri.
Earlier on Friday, the Coast Guard intercepted another boat with 92 men and boys after it got stuck off the coast of the Peloponnese peninsula.
The three suspected smugglers who fled on foot in the boat were later arrested.
UNHCR estimates that more than 2,500 people have died or gone missing at sea trying to reach Europe from January to November this year.
About 1 million people, mainly Syrian refugees, arrived in the European Union in 2015 after crossing the Greek islands close to Turkey.