Motor-yacht with clandestine immigrants on-board intercepted by the Coast Guard in Mangalia Port

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A motor-yacht displaying a Turkish pavilion with 69 clandestine immigrants of an Iraqi origin on-board has been intercepted on Sunday by a patrol ship belonging to the Black Sea Coast Guard, while sailing in the Romanian territorial waters, 10 nautical miles away from Mangalia Port.

According to the spokesperson of the Coast Guard, Ionela Pasat, the patrol vessel MAI 3057, belonging to the Mangalia Fleet, has received an alert message on Sunday morning, around 7 am, via the Surveillance and Control of Traffic on the Black Sea — SCOMAR, to intercept a suspicious vessel sailing in the Black Sea, approximately 10 nautical miles away from Mangalia locality, heading for the shore.

"The suspicious vessel, displaying a Turkish pavilion, continued on its route, while it became clear that it had a large number of immigrants on-board, so that a Coast Guard vessel intercepted it and escorted it to the shore, to the headquarters of the Mangalia Fleet," the spokesperson explained.

The first checks conducted by the Romanian authorities showed that the ship Emek 1, displaying a Turkish pavilion, was led by two facilitators to clandestine immigrants, a Bulgarian citizen and a Cypriot, with the ship having 69 Iraqi citizens on board (30 men, 10 women and 29 minors), investigation in this case still ongoing. AGERPRES (RO — author: Dan Mihaescu, editor: Marius Fratila, EN — author/editor Cristina Zaharia)

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