The Refugee Rescue boat coordinator received information from Lighthouse Relief and Refugee Rescue spotters at Lepetimnos that there was a suspicious vessel heading towards the Korakas lighthouse on the North Shore at speed.

At 12.42 the boat coordinator called the Hellenic Coast Guard in Molyvos informing them of the situation and requesting permission to launch. HCG informed the boat coordinator that there was no need for Mo Chara to launch and said that if they needed us they would call us – and that there was no need for us to call them. Later, at 12.43 the Lighthouse Relief Emergency Response Coordinator posted on the “Boats” group to confirm that the speedboat was a smuggler boat executing a drop and that there were people at Korakas.

At 13.12 the Lighthouse Relief landing team arrived on scene, and at 13.22 IsraAid confirmed that there were 23 people in total, all of whom were safe. While the teams were helping the migrants,  the HCG patrol boat arrived on scene. As soon as they arived the port police and Frontext arrived to the spotting point at Lepetimnos and ordered the volunteers to leave. No explanation was given as to why. Finally, at 13.32 UNHCR started to transfer the people from Korakas to Stage 2.


SAR organisation: Refugee Rescue

Incident type: Order to stay away by EU authority

Date of SAR (UTC): 12/08/2018

Time of first information received (UTC): 12/08/2018 12:42 pm

Source of first information for the NGO: Lighthouse Relief and Refugee Rescue spotters


Number of migrant boats: 1

Type of migrant boat(s): Speed boat

Number of people on board per boat: 23

Actors involved (by asset / institution type): Greek Coast guard


Region of Mediterranean: Eastern Mediterranean

Position(s) of vessel(s) in distress at the time of SAR request:

Location description: Territorial waters of Greece

Approximate distance from coast line: 0 NM


Total number of survivors: 23

Number of identified (accompanied) children: 11

Number of identified unaccompanied minors: 2