Dead Calm: Killing in the Med? (BBC Two, Monday, 17 June 2024)

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The tranquil Aegean Sea hides a disturbing secret. Beneath its crystal blue waters lie whispers of a dark reality. Are the beloved Greek islands, known for their sun-drenched allure, also a setting for mysterious tragedies?

In June 2023, a horrifying incident occurred when an overloaded trawler capsized in front of a Greek coast guard patrol boat, resulting in the deaths of over 600 people.

This documentary, airing on BBC Two on Monday 17 June, looks into the aftermath of this tragedy, exploring allegations against masked men on EU-funded boats and their potential involvement in the loss of lives.

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It investigates reports of people being forcibly rounded up, transferred to coast guard boats, and left stranded in inadequate rubber dinghies.

The film also examines the role of a billionaire’s super yacht in rescuing survivors and the conflicting accounts that emerged, with survivors implicating the coast guard, an accusation denied by Greek authorities.

The film navigates the murky waters of this incident, seeking answers and accountability.

Dead Calm: Killing in the Med? airs Monday, 17 June 2024, at 9:00 pm on BBC Two.

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