On June 13, 2021, around 04:00 am, it was detected that the Greek Coast Guard Boat pushed a group of irregular migrants back into our territorial waters off the coast of the Balıkesir’s Ayvalık district by violating Turkish territorial waters.
Upon the detection of violations of our territorial waters by the Turkish Coast Guard Boat operating in the region, an additional Coast Guard Boat was dispatched to the region as well.
The Greek Coast Guard Boat, which violated the Turkish territorial waters, did not respond to the radio calls to leave our territorial waters and It was removed from our territorial waters.
During the maneuvers, slight collision was occurred between the two boats. The Turkish Coast Guard Boat was not damaged after this collision.
8 irregular migrants pushed back into our territorial waters by the mentioned Greek Coast Guard Boat were rescued and transferred to the Ayvalık.
The Turkish Coast Guard Command is ready 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to help anyone in need at sea and to protect our maritime borders by respecting human rights and the law.
Respectfully announced to the public.