On the night of 13th to 14th of June 2023, the overcrowded fishing vessel “Adriana” carrying approximately 750 refugees, capsized 47 nautical miles southwest of Pylos, Greece, in the Greek Search and Rescue (SAR) zone. The boat left Tobruk, Libya on June 9, 2023 heading to Italy. On June 13, public information available suggests that they had lost navigation capacities, were in distress and in clear need of rescue.
The Hellenic Coast Guard, instead of launching immediately a Search and Rescue operation, asked from nearby merchant vessels to provide supplies, so as to enable the boat to continue its deadly trip towards Italy. The events surrounding this incident are riddled with contradictions and marked by extreme delays in taking proper action. More than 15 hours passed from the moment its condition was made public until the shipwreck, allowing ample time for potential intervention.
It’s important to note that the weather conditions were ideal and calm in the last day before the shipwreck.
RSA gathered publicly available sources up to this day (July 27, 2023), to present an overview of the tragic incident with a detailed timeline and other crucial data linked to it.
Read it here: