22/02: 39 travellers rescued to Samos

23.02.2018 / 14:26 / Aegean Sea

Watch The Med Alarm Phone Investigations – 22nd of February 2018

Case name: 2018_02_22-AEG339
Situation: 39 travellers rescued to Samos
Status of WTM Investigation: Concluded
Place of Incident: Aegean Sea

Summary of the Case:

On Thursday, 22nd of February, at 05:54am, we were alerted to a boat in distress in the north of Samos island with 39 people on board. In the ongoing we tried to establish a connection to the boat. At 9:00am we called both the Coast Guard in Piraeus and the Samos Port Police to pass the information. We also sent an email to the respective authorities to document the alert. At 10:05am we managed to reach local friends who confirmed the rescue of two boats to Samos that morning, but couldn’t identify them further. At 10:08am we called the Coast Guard in Piraeus again but didn’t receive further information. In the ongoing we tried to connect with the people on board, but couldn’t reach them. We tried to confirm the rescue with local contacts. At 11:39am we called the Turkish Coast Guard as well, that told us that they didn’t conduct any rescue operation in the area that morning. The phones of the travellers remained unreachable. At 8:24pm our contact person confirmed their safe arrival on Samos.
Last update: 09:41 Mar 18, 2018
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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