Category: Pushback and Human Rights Violations
Number of people: 21-24 (6 children)
We receive information about 21 people, among them 6 children, in distress in the north of Rhodes by a relative of people on that boat. We try to reach the travellers and as we aren't successful, we forward the case to the Hellenic Coast Guard at 01:50 CEST. During the night we call the Coast Guard in Rhodos as well as the Coast Guard in Symi.
We receive a new position from the people on the boat, which show them in Turkish waters. The people tell us that, while water was entering their boat, the Hellenic Coast Guard "tore up" their boat and left them adrift in Turkish waters. We forward the distress case to the Turkish Coast guard who at 05:20 CEST confirm that they are about to take the people on board to Turkey.
Later, we spoke to one of the travellers again, who reported details about the pushback and also slightly different numbers of people: