Turkish Coast Guard Command releases a statement regarding interception of a migrant boat , disclaiming accusations
Turkish Coast Guard Command has released a statement regarding interception a migrant boat, after some videos circulated on social media claiming the migrant boat was interfered in an inappropriate manner.
The boat was intercepted by the Turkish Coast Guard Command off the coast of Madra Çayı. Some videos appeared online on social media, claiming that Turkish coast guards attacked the migrants. Coast Guard Command has denied allegations in a press release.
''On 05 September 2019 at 06.30 a.m., a migrant boat was detected by CG aircraft off the coast of Madra Çayı. 1 CG boat was dispatched to the area and some maneuvers were initiated for the purpose of intercepting the migrant boat around 06.45 a.m.
As the migrant boat could not be intercepted despite all the warnings and maneuvers, 1 additional CG boat was assigned at 06.52 a.m. as well. Despite all the interferences of both 2 CG boats, the person who was using the migrant boat didn’t stop the boat. He resisted to all preventive and approaching maneuvers and kept doing maneuvers which put the lives of irregular migrants in danger.
During the interception maneuvers, 1 irregular migrant on the migrant boat attempted to puncture the rubber tubes of Coast Guard Control Boat with his knife. As he could not succeed doing this, he threw his knife into sea. Again, 1 other migrant injured himself by cutting some part of his body with razor and he threatened CG staff that he would throw the babies on the boat into the water. He prevented the migrants on board who wished to get ropes from CG staff. He also tried to batter some migrants who wanted to stop him.
During the maneuvers, 1 irregular migrant on board the migrant board tore off the cables of outboard engine of CG Control Boat by pulling them with his hand. The outboard engine of CG Control Boat was broken down and during this, 1 CG staff was slightly injured on his elbow.
Despite all the efforts of CG staff, the migrant boat didn’t stop. So, in order to make the migrant boat immobilize by deactivating the engine and propeller of the migrant boat, CG staff interfered the boat with long sticks. The long sticks are used for moving the location of a maritime asset; these interferences applied to the engine and the propeller of the migrant boat were interpreted on social media as if the migrants were subjected to violence. The migrant boat was hardly taken under control as it ran out of fuel oil.
As the number of the migrants was high, 1 additional CG boat was dispatched to the area at 09.10 a.m. and the migrants were taken on board CG boat and transferred to the coast safely.
Legal action was initiated through Dikili Public Prosecution Office against 3 irregular migrants who resisted the CG staff and put the lives of irregular migrants and children on board the migrant boat in danger.''