04/2 Alarm Phone alerted to 1 emergency situation in the Aegean Sea, on Kastellorizo

05.02.2016 / 17:28 / Aegean Sea, on Kastellorizo

Watch The Med Alarm Phone Investigations – 4th of February 2016

Case name: 2016_02_04-AEG202
Situation: Alarm Phone alerted to 1 emergency situation in the Aegean Sea
Status of WTM Investigation: Concluded
Place of Incident: Aegean Sea

Summary of the Cases: On Thursday the 4th of February 2016, our Alarm Phone shift team was alerted to 1 distress situation in the Aegean region. At 10.12pm, a contact person informed us about a group of about 13 people, including 5 children, who had stranded on the Greek island of Kastellorizo. We reached out to the group and they confirmed that they were on Kastellorizo and needed support. At 10.31pm we called the Port Police of Kastellorizo and informed them about the situation. The officer asked us to advise the group to move further inland and try to reach a road. The police would then pick them up. One of our Arabic speaking activist friends passed on the information that we had received from the police. However, the group stated that they would not be able to move from their current location as it was dark and children and elderly women were amongst the group. We also passed on the phone number of the local police so that they would be able to directly communicate with them. At 11.38pm we spoke to the Port Police and at 00.02am to the local police and they both insisted that the group should try and find a road. When both the Port Police and the local police seemed unwilling to conduct a rescue operation during the night and as the group seemed unable to move away from their location, we asked whether they could stay where they were until the morning unless there was a medical emergency. In the following hours different individuals contacted us about the same distress situation. We contacted the Port Police again at 1.53am but they said that the people would either have to find a road or wait. We then learned that the mobile phones of the group were losing power so that they could not respond frequently anymore. At 5.45am we were informed that they had started to move to the road and were all fine health-wise.
Last update: 19:03 Feb 10, 2016
Credibility: UP DOWN 0
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  • Border police patrols
    While the exact location of patrols is of course constantly changing, this line indicates the approximate boundary routinely patrolled by border guards’ naval assets. In the open sea, it usually correspond to the outer extent of the contiguous zone, the area in which “State may exercise the control necessary to prevent infringement of its customs, fiscal, immigration or sanitary laws” (UNCLOS, art. 33). Data source: interviews with border police officials.
  • Coastal radars
    Approximate radar beam range covered by coastal radars operating in the frame of national marine traffic monitoring systems. The actual beam depends from several different parameters (including the type of object to be detected). Data source: Finmeccanica.
  • Exclusive Economic Zone
    Maritime area beyond and adjacent to the territorial sea in which the coastal state exercises sovereign rights for the purposes of exploring and exploiting, conserving and managing the natural resources, whether living or non-living, the seabed and its subsoil and the superjacent waters. Its breadth is 200 nautical miles from the straight baselines from which the territorial sea is measured (UNCLOS, Arts. 55, 56 and 57). Data source: Juan Luis Suárez de Vivero, Atlas of the European Seas and Oceans
  • Frontex operations
    Frontex has, in the past few years, carried out several sea operations at the maritime borders of the EU. The blue shapes indicate the approximate extend of these operations. Data source: Migreurop Altas.
  • Mobile phone coverage
    Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) network coverage. Data source: Collins Mobile Coverage.
  • Oil and gas platforms
    Oil and gas platforms in the Mediterranean. Data source:
  • Search and Rescue Zone
    An area of defined dimensions within which a given state is has the responsibility to co-ordinate Search and Rescue operations, i.e. the search for, and provision of aid to, persons, ships or other craft which are, or are feared to be, in distress or imminent danger. Data source: IMO availability of search and rescue (SAR) services - SAR.8/Circ.3, 17 June 2011.
  • Territorial Waters
    A belt of sea (usually extending up to 12 nautical miles) upon which the sovereignty of a coastal State extends (UNCLOS, Art. 2). Data source: Juan Luis Suárez de Vivero, Atlas of the European Seas and Oceans

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