At 16:10, the Ocean Viking deploys her two rescue boats (RHIBs). All three vessels proceed towards the target for further assessment.

The assessment establishes that the rubber boat is overcrowded, with approximately 100 persons on board and that all are exposed to the elements but none are equipped with life-jackets.

Ocean Viking Position at 16:20: 33°33.8’N 012°20.6’E