Terminal in Mytilene Port named after Kyriakos Papadopoulos, Hero of the Aegean Sea
The municipal authorities of Lesvos in cooperation with the Greek Ministry of Shipping and Island Policy awarded the name Kyriakos Papadopoulos to a shipping terminal in the Port of Mytilene to commemorate an emblematic figure of the Hellenic Coast Guard. Mr. Papadopoulos was commander of the coast guard vessel Patrol LS 602. During his tenure, the Commander rescued more than 5.000 people stranded at sea, irrespective of their status, nationality or any other distinguishing characteristics. His feats at the height of the 2015-2016 migrant and refugee crisis in the Aegean Sea were commemorated by Greek and international media who awarded him the honorary title Hero of the Aegean Sea.
Mr. Papadopoulos was saluted by the Academy of Athens, receiving a special award for his humanitarian feats. His actions were also commemorated in a 2016 Oscar-nominated documentary entitled 4.1 Miles and directed by Daphne Matziaraki. Mr. Papadopoulos appeared before the Oscars and the United Nations committees, where he was saluted for his philanthropic work. Mr. Papadopoulos died in October 2018 at the age of 44 out of recurring heart problems.
The U.N. institution on migration, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), published a January 2019 report claiming that more than 5.000 people have crossed the Aegean Sea during the first 25 days of January. These scores signify a marked increase in numbers of people crossing the Aegean Sea compared to the 2017 equivalent, which approximately reached 3.000 people.