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Sunday to see large-scale search and rescue exercise

The Republic will conduct a large-scale search and rescue exercise to the island’s south-west this Sunday from 3am to 12pm, having issued two NOTAM alerts regarding the undertaking.

NOTAM (Α1251/17) secures a 10,000-square-mile sea zone, with a corresponding altitude of 20,000 feet, so as to remain at a much higher level than the surges that are elevated during that period.

The search and rescue exercise’s secured sea zone begins from a distance of 6 km from the Paphos coast, and stretches up to 80 km south west.

A second ΝΟΤΑΜ (Α1250/17) also secures for the exercise a distance of 6-20km from Limassol’s Zygi-Pentakomo coastline.

Earlier this July, Turkey issued a NAVTEX committing 8,000 square kilometres off the coast of Paphos to seismic testing by the research vessel Barbaros.

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The NAVTEX continues the practice adopted by Turkey during the previous four exploratory drillings in Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

The committed area starts 14 nautical miles off the coast between Paphos and Pissouri and includes Blocks 1, 6 and 7 in the Cyprus EEZ.

According to Turkish reports, the seismic testing is set to be completed by mid-December.

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