MV Ocean Viking emails Tripoli JRCC (ITMRCC and MTRCC in copy) to report the reception of a distress alert and to inform that MV Ocean Viking is proceeding towards the target (about 40 Nm away) ready to provide first assistance.
M/V MY ROSE informs Ocean Viking via VHF that they received permission from a Turkish navy vessel to proceed towards their final destinations Al Khoms, Libya. Ocean Viking alters her course, heading west.
As Ocean Viking has not succeeded in finding the first distress case (AP 181), she is now proceeding towards distress case AP 182 and informs relevant authorities. The last known position of AP 182 is 121 NM away from the Ocean Viking’s position.
Ocean Viking receives an updated position of a boat in distress (case AP 182) from Alarm Phone.
Ocean Viking receives from an updated position of a boat in distress (case AP 182) from Alarm Phone.
White fiberglass boat marked “DC1082” and left adrift.
Ocean Viking, having located the boat of the second alert received (case DC1082), assesses the following situation: the white fiberglass boat is unseaworthy, inapt for navigation on high seas, overcrowded with about 20 people on board, including women, all exposed to the elements, and no Life-Saving Appliances available. Ocean Viking informs JRCC Tripoli, with ITMRCC, MTRCC in copy, of all above information.
Ocean Viking is in copy of an email sent to relevant authorities by Sea Watch – Airborne alerting to a white fiber glass boat in distress (DC1084) with approx. 10 people on board without Life-Saving equipment.
APCase 0932 – with the following information: Number of people: about 80 GPS-position with timestamp: 33°31’10.83, 013°54’32.7 12:29 CEST, rubber boat”There is a reasonable certainty that the persons on board are threatened by grave and imminent danger of being lost at sea and require immediate assistance.
Ocean Viking position: 34 12N 013 49E
OCEAN VIKING > 92 survivors, 17 March – 4 April 2023. Disembarkation: Salerno.
Ocean Viking in position 33 33 N 012 16 E receives an email from Alarm Phone addressed to Tripoli JRCC, ITMRCC and MTRCC, stating that a boat with approximately 50 shipwrecked persons onboard, including women and children, is taking water.
Ocean Viking spots remains of a white rubber boat, empty, without tag marks.
“Dear Sirs/Madams, At 2300B MV Ocean Viking is in contact vhf ch.08 with MISKAR GASFIELD platform. They informed us that they have recovered 68 persons on their deck. They also informed us they are not in contact with Malta RCC.
At 2305B MV Ocean Viking called via Sat Phone Malta RCC (0035621809279), updating about the above case. We inform them that our ship has the capacity to recover all of the people, to provide medical care and to transfer them to a place of safety in a reasonable period of time and we are equipped with a Hospital and a Morgue. Malta RCC responds that for Malta RCC there is no need of assistance from M/V Ocean Viking. And that Malta RCC will contact directly with MISKAR GASFIELD to arrange the disembarkation of survivors.
At 2310B MV Ocean Viking is in contact vhf ch.08 with MISKAR GASFIELD platform to update on the above situation. MISKAR GASFIELD copies the information and thanks M/V Ocean Viking for the willingness of assistance and the support.”
Ocean Viking ascertains the distress phase with 3 Rhibs in the water, and reports by email to the LYJRCC about the intention to perform the rescue.
The Ocean Viking, while in position 33 21.8 N 012 26.6 E, is in copy of an email from Alarm Phone to the relevant maritime authorities, relaying a distress alert from a boat the Libyan Search and Rescue Region (case AP 186). The position is two hours from the Ocean Viking’s position at the time of reception.
Ocean Viking sends an email to all authorities informing that she is going to leave the scene.
Please be informed that mv MY ROSE left the area at 1700Z and as night is falling, there is no sign of patrol vessel Ubari in the vicinity nor contact established with the Ocean Viking. As my vessel is not able to further provide assistance with this case, we resume course at 1746Z COG 272 SOG 5kts.
Ocean Viking position 33 40.8N 013 42.2E.
Ocean Viking sends an email to all authorities with a detailed recap of the day.
– Ocean Viking starts the search at 0317Z in pos 33 30.4N 013 53.0E in cooperation with MY ROSE (mmsi: 372505000), ALK (mmsi 304619000), VS LISBETH (mmsi: 2320005015)
– at 1024Z MY ROSE has visual on 3 bodies in pos 33 34N 013 37E
– at 1042Z Osprey 3 order to MY ROSE to standby in position and wait for Libyan patrol vessel Ubari
– at 1043Z Osprey 3 has visual on the shipwreck (grey rubber boat) in pos 33 44.44N 013 37.57E
– at 1150Z AIK leaves the scene and communicate via VHF that patrol vessel Ubari is the coordinator, meanwhile VS LISBETH left the area
– at 1200Z Ocean Viking has visual contact on the shipwreck and few bodies in pos 33 45.0N 013 38.0E. Only the sponsons were remaining afloat, no deck, no transom, no engine and bow completely under water level. No signs of survivors and MY ROSE is still holding her position in the area.
– at 1206Z Ocean Viking calls via sat phone LYJRCC asking information about ETA of Ubari. The officer on watch confirmed that Ubari was going to come on scene
– at 1323Z Ocean Viking calls via sat phone LYJRCC asking information about ETA of Ubari. The officer on watch confirmed that Ubari was going to come on scene
– at 1505Z Ocean Viking on scene in pos 33 45.5N 013 40.6E 3nm from MY ROSE. Patrol vessel Ubari is not yet arrived
Ocean Viking while standing by in the area spotted several bodies in the water.
Current weather condition: wind 6 to 7, seastate 5 to 6.
Ocean Viking contacts LYJRCC via satellite phone to ask for the ETA of Libyan Coast Guard vessel Ubari.
Ocean Viking asks for information on the case and on the coordination.
Frontex aircraft Osprey3 replies they are just performing a search and that they are not coordinating the case. Ocean Viking bridge specifies that Ocean Viking is a rescue vessel, well prepared for rescue operations with a medical team on board.
Ocean Viking starts a search pattern in cooperation with M/V MY ROSE, M/V ALK and M/T VS LISBETH, working Channel VHF 06.
Ocean Viking sends an email to LYJRCC with ITMRCC, MTRCC and Alarm Phone in copy, to inform that at 1825Z, the following message was received via VHF CH 16: ‘MAYDAY MAYDAY for a boat in distress in position 33 28N 013 53E.’ MV Ocean Viking tried to contact via VHF CH16 the station sanding a Mayday Call: No Reply.
MAYDAY message on VHF CH 16 from an unknown source.
Ocean Viking receives an email sent by Alarm Phone and addressed to LYJRCC, ITMRCC, MTRCC with the Ocean Viking in copy, reporting that they were informed by a fishermen about a possible distress at sea.
Approximately 120 people on board, departed from Al-Khoms on 20/04/2021 at 10 pm CEST.
Ocean Viking, whilst sailing towards the previous case (OV Position: 33 41.1 N 012 32.1 E), receives an email sent by Alarm Phone and addressed to LYJRCC, ITMRCC, MTRCC with the Ocean Viking in copy, reporting a distress call from a white rubber boat carrying around 100 people (including 30 women and 15 children).
GPS Positions: N 33° 01’56”68 E 014° 69’20” (09:00 CEST 21.04.21), N 32°59’ 11’’44 E 014°07’11’’32 (08:00CEST 21.04.21)
Whilst patrolling (OV Position: 33°31.06 N 014°40.8 E) the Ocean Viking receives an email sent by Alarm Phone and addressed to LYJRCC, ITMRCC, MTRCC with the Ocean Viking in copy, reporting a wooden boat in distress with engine not working.
42 people reported on board.
Reported position: N33°35.593, E011°50.512 received at 22:28 CEST.
Aquarius is approached at 50-60 meters distance by a speedboat coming alongside the Aquarius. There are 4 individuals on board, not wearing a uniform. They wave towards the Aquarius. The speedboat passes the bow, turns around and sails further away, next to a fishing vessel, where it remains for around 15 minutes.
Colibri airplane calls Aquarius on satellite phone to inform that it will soon take off and conduct an aerial search over the zone West of Tripoli. Aquarius provides present position and informs of good weather conditions.
Through the binoculars, teams onboard Aquarius spot a potential target. Aquarius starts running second engine to increase speed and investigate it. The target is eventually identified as a fishing vessel.
Aquarius receives a phone call from Colibri, asking for an update from Aquarius. Colibri informs that it will take off soon, flying first in the area West of Tripoli and thereafter East of Tripoli. Aquarius provides current position.
Aquarius patrols at 25nm from the coast of Libya, waves of 1.5 meters