Around 12:00 CEST we receive information by a relative about a group of 12 people including 4 women, 5 men and 3 children, refugees from Syria, Iraq and Palestine. Shortly after the alert we are able to get in contact with them. We receive a GPS-location near Simi. The people report to be drifting in life-rafts in Turkish waters. This happened after being pushed back by a vessel of the Hellenic Coast Guard from Greek waters. When the travellers contact us, they are in a state of panic. We alert the Turkish coastguard who take them back to Turkey. Around 14:55 CEST we receive confirmation that the people have been rescued.
Some days later, we can talk to one of the passengers, who shares their story: