Following the instruction of the Libyan JRCC to “contact another MRCC and ask for place of safety“, Aquarius requests the assistance of the Italian MRCC and Maltese RCC in finding a place of safety where all survivors can be disembarked as soon as possible.
Email from Aquarius to Italian MRCC and Maltese RCC
Please be informed that Aquarius carried out 2 rescues under the coordination of JRCC Libya within the Libyan SRR. JRCC Libya has ordered Aquarius to contact another MRCC to coordinate the disembarkation of all rescued people in a place of safety. Aquarius is requesting your assistance in finding a place of safety where all survivors can be disembarked as soon possible. Please find attached a copy of all communication between RCC Libya and M/V Aquarius plus the data regarding the survivors. Aquarius will alter course to the North tomorrow in order to approach an eventual port for disembarkation when it is designated by a competent maritime authority.
Please acknowledge receipt of this email.
According to Chapter 3 of the SAR Convention (click here),
3.1.1 Parties shall co-ordinate their search and rescue organizations and should, whenever necessary, coordinate search and rescue operations with those of neighboring States.
3.1.6. Each party should authorize its RCC: 4. To make the necessary arrangements in cooperation with other RCC to identify the most appropriate place(s) for disembarking persons found in distress.