Five masked individuals on board a speedboat attacked inflatable vessels carrying migrants and refugees in the marine area near the Greek island of Lesvos, destroying their engines.
Around 9 am on Friday October 9th, the boats started drifting and were at risk of capsizing, thus possibly resulting in the death of hundreds of refugees. The boats were drifting for 8 hours and according to volunteers on the island many refugees opted to jump in the sea and push the inflatable vessels toward the shore.
The incident took place in international waters between the Greek island of Lesvos and Turkey, while the rescue operation involved the Turkish and Greek authorities, and most of the women and children on board the boats were transferred to the coast of Turkey.
In the photograph provided by Belgian Peter N. Bouckaert, it appears that the lifeguards are pulling one of the four plastic boats towards the coast of Lesvos. Bouckaert, emergencies director for the Human Rights Watch and an expert in humanitarian crises cases, was the first person to speak about the speedboat attack, which occurred near the northern part of the island. In fact, he stressed that in his opinion the attack was organized by Greek far-right wing supporters.