14/04: Alarm Phone alerted to boat intercepted by Turkish coastguard southeast of Lesvos, with NATO military vessel involved

15.04.2016 / 10:22 / Aegean Sea

Watch The Med Alarm Phone Investigations – 14th of April 2016

Case name: 2016_04_14-AEG248
Situation: Alarm Phone alerted to boat intercepted by Turkish coastguard southeast of the Greek island of Lesvos, with NATO military vessel involved
Status of WTM Investigation: Concluded
Place of Incident: Aegean Sea

Summary of the Case: On Thursday the 14th of April 2016 shortly after midnight, several contact persons informed the Alarm Phone about a boat, which had left from the Turkish coast east of the Greek island of Lesvos. At 0.30am we received updated coordinates, which showed the boat still in Turkish territorial waters. We were also informed that two vessels of the Turkish coastguard and probably of the NATO fleet were close to the boat or had already picked up the travellers. At 1am, one of the contact persons informed us that the travellers had been intercepted and that they were on their way back to Turkey. On marinetraffic.com, we observed that both a Turkish coastguard vessel and a NATO military ship were present at the location of the travellers’ boat. At 2am, another contact person confirmed to us that it was the Turkish coastguard, who had intercepted the travellers and had brought them back to Turkey.
Last update: 10:30 Apr 15, 2016
Credibility: UP DOWN 0
14/04: Alarm Phone alerted to boat intercepted by Turkish coastguard southeast of Lesvos, with NATO military vessel involved
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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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