Over 30 people lost their lives today trying to land on a small Greek island.

Four babies, six boys and five girls died when the wooden vessel carrying them overturned on Sunday morning, about three miles east of the small island of Farmakonisi, close to Turkey’s coast.

On Lesbos, the Greek island which has borne the brunt of Greece’s migrant intake, an inflatable burst about 100 metres from shore.

About 70 people, including many children, were in the dinghy.

Locals pulled infants and toddlers – including a two-month old baby cradled by his father – ashore on rubber rings.

Islanders saw 10 dinghies arriving within 90 minutes today (Sunday).