At 11:03, RHIBs are able to conduct a close-up assessment of the target and are able to establish the distress situation of the target. Lifejacket distribution is initiated.

At 11:08, the Ocean Viking gets hold of Sabratha Platform by VHF to inform about the start of the rescue operation. Sabratha Platform gives the authorisation for rescue boats to enter the 500 metre clearance zone around the platform.

From the first contact with the target, all three RHIBs and the Ocean Viking are out of this clearance zone and are drifting away from the platform facilities.

Position of interception: 33°44.7’N 012°40.9’E