On 22 May 2020 at 23.21 p.m., it was learnt that 8 irregular migrants were rescued by District Gendarmerie Command on Dip Burun coast of Aydın’s Kuşadası district. The irregular migrants stated that “They were 31 people. They crossed Samos Island. 2 of them escaped on the island. 29 irregular migrants were taken to a life boat and brought back to Turkish territorial waters by Greek assets. The lifeboat was punctured by Greek assets and the Greek assets turned back. Sometime later, the life boat began to take on water. The migrants swam to the Turkish shores but 1 of them was drowned.”
According to the statements of the rescued irregular migrants, it was evaluated that the missing migrants could still be at sea. 2 CG boats, 1 CG Helicopter and 1 CG Diving Team were dispatched to the scene immediately.
As a result of the SAR operations carried out by CG assets; 20 irregular migrants detected on the coast by CG helicopter was rescued and dead body of 1 irregular migrant was taken by CG boat.
SAR operations were ended after finding all of 21 irregular migrants who were considered to be missing.