Footage recorded on November 12 by Turkish rescuers shows a crewman on a Greek-marked coast guard ship jabbing a pole into an inflatable ship in the Aegean Sea. This video footage seems to show the Greek coast guard deliberately sinking a life raft full of Syrian migrants, then leaving them for the Turkish to deal with.
Footage recorded on November 12 shows a crewman on a Greek-marked coast guard ship jabbing a pole into an inflatable ship in the Aegean Sea.
The raft’s 58 passengers scream and shout as the vessel starts to sink, before the Greek vessel sails away.
Footage then shows the migrants, who are wearing lifejackets, being pulled from the water into a Turkish vessel afterwards, while their own boat starts to sink below the sea.
They were then taken back to the Turkish port city of Didim, where thousands of migrants start their attempts to get into Europe, due to its proximity to Greek islands in the Aegean.
The footage was released by the Turkish government on Friday.
An official said that Turkish officials showed the footage to the head of the Greek coast guard earlier in the week and asked them to stop.
According to the Yeni Şafak newspaper, the incident took place around 6am very close to the Didim coast.
The Hurriyet Daily News reported that rear admiral Hakan Üstem told his counterpart, coast guard commander Athanasios Athanasopulos: ‘We would be very pleased if you order your team to refrain from such acts’.