Watch The Med Alarm Phone Investigations - 1st of August 2015Case name
: 1-2 vessels in distress, 1 group attacked by unidentified actors, rescued by TurkeyStatus of WTM Investigations
: Concluded (but investigation on attack ongoing)Place of Incidents
: Aegean Sea, GreeceSummary of the Cases
: On Saturday the 1st of August 2015, the Alarm Phone was contacted by someone on Facebook who alerted us to a post by a person whose family was on a vessel in distress between Turkey and Greece. The post included a screen shot with the location of the vessel and GPS coordinates. Later on we learned that they had been rescued by the Turkish coastguard and returned to Turkey.
On the same day we were contacted by Nawal Soufi’s activist collective who alerted us to a vessel in distress and passed on GPS coordinates. Since the GPS coordinates were nearly identical with the ones from the first case, it may be that, in fact, they belonged to the same group of travellers. We learned that they had an encounter at sea with an unidentified vessel, whose crew removed their petrol. As they were in Turkish waters, we contacted MRCC Ankara who confirmed that they would be searching for the vessel. Hours later we received the confirmation from the travellers that they had been saved by the Turkish coastguard and were now in Izmir.
Last update: 10:11 Aug 04, 2015