Turkish cargo ship drifted after mechanical failure south of Milos

Milos cargo ship turkey

A cargo ship with a Turkish flag was found early this morning drifting in the Aegean south of the idyllic island of Milos.

Milos island. Turkish cargo
Milos island.

The Asli Elif cargo ship, accompanied with a Turkish flag, had engine or mechanical failure last night, 20 nautical miles south of Milos.

With no control of the ship due to mechanical damage, the crew of 11 Turkish nationals, had to be tugged in the boat safety while the weather at the time was northwesterly 3 to 4 Beaufort.

Last night the Asli Elif started drifting in a southerly direction in the Crete Sea but was towed this morning by the Greek tugboat Mentoras (IMO 9061722) so the Turkish cargo ship could be transported to Fyskos (Φύσκος, Turkish: Marmaris).

Last month, Greek authorities announced that a broken down yacht with 73 immigrants and two alleged migrant smugglers, were rescued off the coast of the island of Zakynthos after the vessel sent out a distress signal.

The passengers (48 men and 26 women) lacked identity papers and told Greek authorities they were from Syria, Afghanistan, Iran and Turkey.

It is unclear where the vessel sailed from, but it was believed to have been heading for Italy.

Following the search and rescue operation that involved two coast guard boats and private pleasure boats, the yacht was located late on Saturday. The passengers on board were taken to the port of Katakolo, where they underwent coronavirus tests.

According to the Hellenic Coast Guard, the two Turkish nationals were arrested on suspicion of belonging to a criminal ring smuggling migrants into Europe.

Last month, illegal migratory flows to the Greek islands is down 83% compared to 2019. Tens of thousands of refugees and migrants, including thousands of unaccompanied children, are living in squalid conditions in overcrowded camps on several Greek islands after arriving from the nearby Turkish coast.