11/09: 30 travellers rescued to Kos by Sea Watch

12.09.2017 / 10:48 / Aegean Sea

Watch The Med Alarm Phone Investigations – 11th of September 2017

Case name: 2017_09_11-AEG304
Situation: 30 travellers rescued by Sea Watch to Kos after their engine broke down.
Status of WTM Investigation: Concluded
Place of Incident: Aegean Sea

Summary of the Cases: On Monday the 11th of September 2017, at 0.31am, a contact person alerted the Alarm Phone shift team to a boat in distress, forwarding us the phone number of the travellers. At 0.40am we managed to reach the travellers, who informed us that they were 30 people on the boat, including 10 children. They were close to the Greek island Kos, but as their engine broke down they were not able to move forward. We agreed that we would alert the Greek coast guard. At 00.45am we called the Greek coast guard, and forwarded the information we had, including the position of the travellers. The coast guard informed us that they had already sent a boat towards this position. We stayed in contact with the travellers and the contact person, and received a new position, showing that they had managed to move a bit forwards. At 1.20am the contact person informed us that the coast guard had arrived, and that the rescue was taking place. Shortly after the travellers sent us a photo showing them onboard a rescue vessel. We later found out that they had been rescued by the SAR NGO Sea Watch, who had been asked to carry out the operation by the Greek Coast Guard. The travellers were brought to the port in Kos.
Last update: 10:55 Oct 02, 2017
Credibility: UP DOWN 0
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  • Border police patrols
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  • 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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