30/03: 60 travellers reached Samos on their own

31.03.2018 / 17:36 / Aegean Sea

Watch The Med Alarm Phone Investigations – 30th of March 2018

Case name: 2018_03_30-AEG357
Situation: 60 travellers arrived to Samos
Status of WTM Investigation: Concluded
Place of Incident: Aegean Sea

Summary of the Case: On Friday the 30th of March, at 06.34am, the Alarm Phone shift team was alerted by a contact person to a group of 60 travellers, including 25 children and five pregnant women on their way to Samos, forwarding us their number and a position showing that they were in Greek waters. The contact person informed us that they lost contact to the boat 30 minutes earlier, and our shift team was also not able to reach the travellers. At 7.02am we called the Greek coast guard and passed on the information we had about the boat in distress. At 7.46am we spoke to the coast guard again, and they confirmed that they were looking for the boat. Neither we, nor the contact person were able to reach the travellers, but a different contact person informed us via facebook that they were in contact with the travellers, who had reached Samos. This was later confirmed by the contact person who alerted us to the case. At 9.24am we passed on this information to the Greek coast guard. A direct contact to get a final confirmation from the travellers themselves could not be established.
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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