A Turkish offshore vessel entered Greece’s area of responsibility and performed dangerous maneuvers in front of a vessel of the Greek Coast Guard – It attempted to cause damage and demonstrated its armament
A serious incident with a Turkish coast guard vessel occurred on Tuesday off Samos, during a migrant rescue operation.
Turkish free time entered an area of responsibility of Greece and carried out dangerous maneuvers in front of a vessel of the Greek Coast Guard, even attempting to cause damage to the Greek vessel, demonstrating its armament.
The announcement of the Coast Guard in detail:
Regarding the search and rescue operation for foreigners, which has been ongoing since yesterday, in the sea area of 3.8 nautical miles. south of Samiopoula n. Samos, under the coordination of the Joint Search and Rescue Coordination Center LS-EL.AKT., it is known that the searches continue today by LS-EL.AKT. patrol boat, Open Sea Vessel ( PATH) L.S.-EL.AKT., aircraft L.S.-EL.AKT. and FRONTEX force vessel.
In the morning hours today, a foreign flag ship, which had been committed by the EKSED to participate in the search and rescue operation, located one (01) body within the area of search and rescue responsibility of the Greek Authorities and within Greek territorial waters, informing Turkish floating vessel, which sailed within Turkish territorial waters for its collection.
Afterwards, a Turkish offshore vessel, which was sailing in an adjacent area, entered the search and rescue area of the Greek authorities and Greek territorial waters and carried out dangerous maneuvers against the LS-EL.AKT patrol vessel. During the process of collecting the body and while the patrol vessel L.S.-EL.AKT. approached the offshore vessel in order to point out to her that it has violated Greek territorial waters, the Turkish offshore vessel tried to cause damage to the L.S.-EL.AKT. vessel, while at the same time it demonstrated weapons.
It is pointed out that the aforementioned Turkish vessel did not provide any substantial assistance in the area for the search for missing persons at sea, nor did they inform the coordinator of the EKSED operation of its presence.
It is noted that the movements of the Turkish vessel hampered the work of the Hellenic Coast Guard and the FRONTEX force as well as the development of the search and rescue operation for missing persons.
This particular incident took place in the presence of an Italian vessel of the FRONTEX force, whose crew recorded the incident in order to inform the FRONTEX Organization of its own further actions.
Investigations are ongoing, while any developments will be reported with a newer press release.
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