Maltese RCC informs Aquarius via email that “any instructions to intervene given by the Libyan coastguard are only valid for the Libyan area of responsibility.”

Any intervention or action taken within MT SRR should be coordinated by and specifically approved by RCC Malta.”

MTJRCC informs Aquarius that the AFMis conducting a search inside its area and despatched its own units.” Requiring Aquarius “to keep a clear and safe distance off the boat in case of sighting, observe without interception, and report to this RCC on the situation”.

Legal reference

Parties having accepted responsibility to provide search and rescue services for a specified area shall use search and rescue units and other available facilities for providing assistance to a person who is, or appears to be, in distress at sea. [click here for legal reference]