GSP Pegasus rescues 31 refugees offshore Karpathos Island

September 15, 2014

GSP Pegasus took part in the rescue operation of 31 refugees on September 14. GSP Pegasus answered the SOS call sent by the refugees, locating and approaching the wayward boat at approx. 23.000 hours.

The 31 persons, mainly women and children of uncertain nationality were found onboard a small boat drifting away, apparently because of an engine failure, in the eastern Mediterranean approximately 60 nautical miles the E-SE off Karpathos Island.

GSP Pegasus assisted the refugees and maintained the communication channels open with the Greek authorities and NATO, providing assistance to the refugees in distress until two larger vessels approached: the tanker Phoenix Admiral and the container ship Nicolas. Following the Greek authorities instructions, the 31 refugees were taken onboard the container ship Nicolas and transported to Rhodes.

GSP Pegasus rescue mission was successfully completed at 03.30 on September 15. The vessel is now under way to Constanta where is expected to arrive on the 17th of September.