07/12: 40 travellers rescued to Turkey

08.12.2017 / 19:59 / Aegean Sea

Watch The Med Alarm Phone Investigations – 7th of December 2017

Case name: 2017_12_07-AEG321
Situation: 40 travellers in distress on their way to Greece, rescued to Turkey.
Status of WTM Investigation: Concluded
Place of Incident: Aegean Sea

Summary of the Case:
On Thursday the 7th of December, at 4:47am, the Alarm Phone shift team was alerted by a contact person to a group of 40 travellers in distress. The contact person forwarded us the phone number and position of the travellers, showing that they were still very close to the Turkish coast. At 5.12am we managed to reach the travellers, who had only left Turkey at 4.45am. They informed us that they were in distress, but before we were able to understand the situation, the line was interrupted. After talking to the contact person about the situation, we agreed that we should call the Turkish coast guard. At 6.38 we called the Turkish coast guard, but due to language barriers we did not manage to pass on the information. We managed to reach the travellers again at 7.16am, but the situation was still not clear, and once again the call was interrupted. At 7.35am the contact person informed us that the travellers had been brought back to Turkey, and that they were all alright.
Last update: 20:06 Dec 10, 2017
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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