We are informing you that at 1958Z we assessed the situation with 2 RHIBs: the rubber boat is unseaworthy,
overcrowded, with about 60 people on board, no lifejackets, all exposed to the elements, strong smell of fuel.
The people on board are in danger and I have every reason to believe that the Distress phase exists.
The UNCLOS (Article 98) and SOLAS (Chapter V, Regulation 33-1) conventions as well as the IMO Resolution
MSC.167 (78) bound me to proceed to the assistance of the people on board the boat in distress. Therefore, I
inform you that M/V Ocean Viking will provide immediate assistance to these people in distress and rescue them
My 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.
Please acknowledge receipt of this message
Ocean Viking position 33°49.9’N – 012°02.8’E
The Ocean Viking informs the Libyan JRCC of distress phase