9/10: 114 persons rescued to Milos

10.10.2016 / 00:42 / Aegean Sea

Watch The Med Alarm Phone Investigations – 9th of October 2016

Case name: 2016_10_9-AEG268
Situation: 114 persons rescued to Milos
Status of WTM Investigation: Concluded
Place of Incident: Aegean Sea

Summary of the Cases: On Sunday, the 9th of October 2016, at 3.15am, we received a call from travellers in distress. They told us that they were about 100 persons from Syria and in urgent need of help, as water leaked into the boat. They said that they were in Greek waters, but could not send us a position as they had no internet connection. We advised them to call 112 and ask for immediate rescue. They called us back five times in the following hour. They had called the Coastguard, but were not sure when they would come. We were also contacted by the help organization United Rescue, who where also in touch with the travellers in distress. At 5.40am, the travellers confirmed to us and to United Rescue that they had been rescued. They were taken to the Greek island of Milos. The Greek Coastguard published a press release about the case, stating that they had rescued 114 refugees in good health - including 58 men, 26 women and 27 children and that 3 men had been arrested as traffickers.
The rescue took place northwest of the island Antimilos which is an unusual position for boats heading to Greece. Like another boat with 131 persons that had been rescued from distress the day before, it is likely that the travellers were actually heading to Italy.
Both cases also figured in the international press, e.g. in the German radio broadcast Deutschlandfunk and the Austrian newspaper Der Standard.
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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