While patrolling in the Libyan SRR in position 33° 27.2′N 012° 36.9′E, Ocean Viking receives an email at 15:31 from Alarm Phone, addressed to Italian MRCC, with Libyan maritime authorities, Ocean Viking and Sea-Watch 3 in copy, reporting a boat in distress.

“[…] we got information about a rubber boat with around 45 people on board which was around 35 km north of Al-Khums ca. 50 hours ago. The people were in distress. […]

Ocean Viking alters her course towards the reported distress area (about 92 NM away from her) and tries to gather more information regarding the distress case.