24/08: Travellers intercepted by Turkish coast guard

25.08.2016 / 15:48 / Aegean Sea

Watch The Med Alarm Phone Investigations – 24th of August 2016

Case name: 2016_08_24-AEG264
Situation: Travellers intercepted by the Turkish coast guard
Status of WTM Investigation: Concluded
Place of Incident: Aegean Sea

Summary of the Cases: On Wednesday the 24th of August 2016, at 5.05 am, the Alarm Phone was alerted by a contact person to a group of travellers leaving from Bademli, Turkey, towards Lesvos. We were informed that there were 37 people on board, including 8 children. We were able to monitor the trajectory of the vessel, as the contact person kept us updated with the coordinates. At 5.55 am we received a position showing that the travellers were getting close to the maritime border. According to our estimates the group would have reached Greek waters after about 40 minutes.
After this point however, the contact person was no longer able to establish communication with the group. At 8.59 am we learned from our contact person that the boat had been intercepted by the Turkish coast guard.
Credibility: UP DOWN 0
Layers »
  • 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

Related Reports

10:09 Feb 20, 2017 / Aegean Sea Kms
21/02: 1 boat rescued and intercepted on the way to Chios
00:42 Oct 10, 2016 / Aegean Sea Kms
9/10: 114 persons rescued to Milos
14:47 Mar 22, 2017 / Aegean Sea Kms
21/03: Boat intercepted on its way to Chios‬
22:42 Jun 26, 2016 / Aegean Sea Kms
25/06: 1 boat from Turkey safely arrived in Chios