Piles of Life Jackets

25 February 2017 – ‘The Times’  runs an article promoting holidays to Greece but says 

“there are still piles of discarded lifejackets on Lesbos shores”

This is simply NOT TRUE.

The life jackets were cleaned away by locals and volunteers in the winter of 2015/2016.

You don’t have to believe me – just watch the video.

Lazy and irresponsible reporting from a newspaper that should know better.

It is believed that Mark Twain said

“Never let the truth get in the way of a good story.”

and even if he didn’t say it, I’m not going to let the truth get in the way of a good quote!

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We started visiting Lesvos such a long time ago we can't remember when. We simply fell in love with the island in general and Molyvos in particular. In 2005 we bought some land and tried to manage the building of our house from the UK. Holidays became site visits and our house was [mostly] completed in 2007. In 2009 we sold up in the UK and moved to Molyvos. This is now our home and we count ourselves amongst the luckiest of the lucky. I am a member of the Molyvos Tourist Association, providing photographs for their brochures and general publicity. Most of my time is spent on activities to encourage tourism or taking photographs of one of the most beautiful places on earth. I also produce calendars and sell them on-line through Lesvos Calendars. Please visit and have a look. You can also see more of my photographs on my  Robin Sanders Photography website.

5 thoughts on “Piles of Life Jackets

  1. It is unbelievable how many bad stories are still around in the Media.
    Nourished by crazy people they just want to collect still money!!!

    And I am also very surprised about the Journalist`s that they consult and believe sometimes just one person.
    What kind of Investigation???
    I feel so sorry about this unfair treatment to the people from Lesbos.

  2. I have emailed the Times and complained. A shame I did not see this at the time as I would have sent a complaint then.

    • Do YOUR research before you believe anything that’s posted. It sure does still exist . Had a friend who went there this week. I’m much more likely to believe the times than some random post with a video with multiple shots that’s edited anyway.

    • I’m not sure what you are trying to say, Mel.

      The Times printed a retraction and apologised one week after the article was published.

      Since the winter of 2015, there have been no “piles of discarded lifejackets on Lesbos shores“. I know this because this is my home and I walk almost daily.

      If you go looking, there is a very big pile of lifejackets at the council rubbish tip. I can only guess that this is what your friend saw. These are not on the shores, they were not on the shores when The Times published the misleading article. I know because I was one of the army of local citizens that cleared them all up in the winter of 2015/16.

  3. I am planning a trip to Lesvos next week and I am much more likely to believe a local rather than a newspaper who’s goal is sell sensational stories….

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