Watch The Med Alarm Phone Investigations – 24th of August 2016Case name
: Travellers intercepted by the Turkish coast guardStatus of WTM Investigation
: ConcludedPlace of Incident
: Aegean SeaSummary 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.