A broad search and rescue operation for aliens is underway, in international waters in the maritime area of 47 nm. southwest of Pylos, under the coordination of the Unified Search and Rescue Coordination Center LS-EL.AKT..
In particular, the EKSED was informed by the RCC ROME about a fishing vessel in the above area, on which a large number of foreigners were on board, according to information received by the corresponding Chamber of Commerce of Italy. Passing vessels were immediately engaged to locate the A/K vessel.
Initially, the fishing vessel was spotted at midday yesterday by a FRONTEX aerial vehicle and then by two vessels sailing by, sailing north without requesting assistance. Then the Coastal Patrol boat LS-EL.AKT sailed for the spot. (P.P.L.S.), while a L.S.-EL.AKT helicopter also took off. The helicopter L.S.-EL.AKT. spotted the A/K moving at speed heading north.
In consecutive telephone calls of the Chamber of Operations to the fishing vessel to provide assistance, he received a negative response.
In the afternoon, a F/G ship approached the boat and provided it with food supplies, while the foreigners refused to provide any further assistance.
Subsequently, a second F/G ship approached the vessel to provide supplies and assistance, but the foreigners refused both supplies and assistance.
In the evening, the P.P.L.S. arrived. confirming the existence of a large number of migrants on the outer deck of the A/K vessel, but denying any assistance and stating their desire to continue their voyage to Italy. The P.P.L.S. he remained close to the ship for possible assistance, which continued its course.
In the early hours of the morning today, the above fishing boat overturned and finally sank and immediately began a wide search and rescue operation with the participation of the Coastal Patrol vessel LS-EL.AKT. and three (03) passing ships, while a C-130 plane of the Air Force rushed to the area, as well as three (03) passing ships. In addition, a Patrol Vessel LS-EL.AKT., a Lifeguard Vessel LS-EL.AKT., one (01) Frigate of the Navy are operating in the area of the investigations, while a SUPER PUMA helicopter of Air Force.
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