Two boats with 140 migrants were intercepted and brought to the port of Chios by the Hellenic Coast Guard (HCG). After doing a medical check, the SMH team determinad that 17 migrants needed medical assistance.

SAR organisation: SMH

Date of SAR (UTC): 20/10/2017

Source of first information for the NGO: Spanish Coast Guard

Starting time of first sighting / engagement with target boat in distress (UTC): 20/10/2017 7:00 am


Number of migrant boats: 2

Type of migrant boat(s): Rubber boats

Number of people on board per boat: 60 and 80

Other vessels in the vicinity (e.g. unidentified / cargo / aircrafts): No

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


Region of Mediterranean: Eastern Mediterranean

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

Location description: Territorial waters of Greece

Position(s) of rescue(s) at the time of SAR operation(s):

Location description: Territorial waters of Greece

Approximate distance from coast line: Çeşme, Turkey.


Total number of survivors: 140

Number of identified (accompanied) children: 58

Number of identified unaccompanied minors: 0

Number of identified pregnant women: 9

Number of identified medical evacuation cases: 0


Total number of confirmed deaths: 0

Estimated number of dead / missing persons: 0

Involved in this incident