Survivors of the migrant disaster off the Peloponnese in Greece have allegedly asked Greek coast guard teams to keep quiet about the authorities’ role in the disaster.
The BBC reported that the survivors said the boat sank when Greek coast guard teams began towing it, and that the authorities asked the survivors to “keep quiet”.
The report also stated that the Greek Coast Guard teams pressured the migrants to identify the 9 Egyptians on board the ship as human smugglers.
The Public Prosecutor of Kalamata and the investigating judge ordered the arrest of 9 Egyptians who fled the boat and were detained on charges of smuggling migrants on June 20.
Disaster off the coast of Greece
On June 14, a fishing boat carrying illegal immigrants capsized in international waters 47 nautical miles from Navarino, located in the Peloponnese, Greece, killing 82 people, 104 people were rescued and brought to the port of Kalamata.
According to the nonprofit organization Alarm Phone, there were about 700 people on board.
Allegations of negligence by the Greek Coast Guard
And it was reported in the Greek media that a migrant who survived the disaster said in his statement to the Public Prosecutor that the boat sank when the Greek Coast Guard teams began to pull it with ropes.
In a statement by another immigrant, “The Greek Coast Guard boat tied a rope to the boat and while towing the boat, the boat started swaying from side to side due to excessive speed and capsized.” What he said was recorded.
The Greek newspaper Evmerida Ton Syntacton claimed that the ship was removed from the scene of the accident by the Coast Guard teams, in the news that included the statements of the captain of the oil tanker named “Violent Warrior”, which passed from the point where the disaster occurred. happened.
The Greek search and rescue center allegedly learned that the overloaded boat was swaying dangerously, and stated that questions should be answered as to why coast guard teams chose to remove the oil tanker instead of calling it to the scene for a possible rescue.
Alexis Tsipras, leader of the Alliance of the Radical Left (SYRIZA), visited the port of Kalamata, where the migrants who survived the disaster were taken, to get information about the accident. Tsipras said the migrants told him that Greek coast guard teams were trying to push the boat into Italian waters.
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