The Ocean Viking sends an email to LYJRCC, with ITMRCC, MTJRCC and Alarm Phone in copy, to inform that the rubber boat requires immediate assistance. The boat is unseaworthy, adrift, overcrowded, with about 100 people on board all exposed to the elements.

The UNCLOS (Article 98) and SOLAS (Chapter V, Regulation 33-1) conventions as well as the IMO Resolution MSC.167 (78) bound the Ocean Viking to proceed to the assistance of the people on board the boat in distress.

Ocean Viking also informs the JYRCC that she will provide immediate assistance.