06/10: 2 cases of distress in the AEG, all travellers rescued to Greece

07.10.2017 / 22:13 / Aegean Sea

Watch The Med Alarm Phone Investigations – 6th of October 2017

Case name: 2017_10_06-AEG310
Situation: 2 cases of distress in the AEG, close to Lesvos and Ro island, all travellers rescued to Greece
Status of WTM Investigation: Concluded
Place of Incident: Aegean Sea

Summary of the Case: On Friday, 6th of October 2017, we were alerted to two distress cases in the Aegean Sea. At 3.32am, a contact person alerted us about a boat carrying 55 people heading towards Lesvos. We could not reach the boat, but the contact person continuously updated us about the position of the boat that was still moving towards the island.
At 4:19am, the contact person informed us that the engine of the boat kept turning off and that one person on board had lost consciousness. At 4:20am, we called the Greek Coast Guard, who stated that they were already searching for a boat close to Lesvos. We also sent an email to document the alert. At 5:59am the contact persons informed us that the travellers had been transferred to a vessel of the Greek Coast Guard.

At 4:32am, a contact person alerted us to a second distress case: a boat heading towards Ro island with 40 people on board, among them many women and children. We called the boat, which had problems with the engine, but was still moving. Their position was west of Ro Island. We continuously monitored their position as they not in a distress situation. At 6:50am, their engine stopped, but soon after they informed us that it was working again. At 7:20am the travellers informed us that they could see Ro island. When the situation became worse, we informed the Coast Guard at 7:48am about the boat in distress and passed them the latest position. We also sent an email to document the alert. We called the boat again at 7:58am to inform the people and asked them to also call the Coast Guard themselves. At 8:09am we talked to the travellers again. They told us that they had called the Coast Guard 10 minutes earlier, but that no one had showed up yet. We called the Coast Guard again and they confirmed that they had sent a rescue boat. At 09:22am, the travellers confirmed that they had been rescued and that they were all safe on Ro Island.
Last update: 11:32 Oct 29, 2017
Credibility: UP DOWN 0
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  • Border police patrols
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  • Coastal radars
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  • Exclusive Economic Zone
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  • Frontex operations
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  • Mobile phone coverage
    Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) network coverage. Data source: Collins Mobile Coverage.
  • Oil and gas platforms
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  • 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