ONBOARD SOS MEDITERRANEE Activities and observations of our rescue ship in the Central Mediterranean

Search

August 8, 2019
22:15

Ocean Viking calls Libyan JRCC by satellite phone and receives no response

23:30

Ocean Viking sends an email to Libyan JRCC, Italian MRCC and Maltese JRCC informing about search operations

August 9, 2019
00:38

Ocean Viking calls Libyan JRCC by satellite phone and VHF but receives no response

01:37

Ocean Viking spots flash lights in the water and launches the 2 rhibs at sea

08:10

Ocean Viking hears VHF all ships call from patrol aircraft about a rubber boat at position 33°55’N, 013°28’E

09:10

First visual contact with a possible boat in distress

10:30

Stabilisation of the boat in distress in progress

11:35

Rescue of a rubber boat completed, 85 survivors safely onboard Ocean Viking

18:57

Ocean Viking acknowledges Libyan JRCC’s email and informs it will contact competent authorities to request a place of safety

August 10, 2019
10:00

Ocean viking calls Libyan JRCC by Fleet Broad Band phone but receives no response

10:05

Ocean Viking alters course heading north towards the search area at a speed of 9 knots

10:31

First visual contact with a white rubber boat

10:59

Ocean Viking launches 2 rescue boats in the water

12:05

Rescue of a white rubber boat completed, survivors safely onboard Ocean Viking

Latitude: 33.597
Longitude: 14.248
August 11, 2019
09:00

Ocean Viking observes EU patrol aircraft circling on the radar

09:13

Ocean Viking alters course towards the position of the EU patrol aircraft

10:37

Ocean viking calls Libyan JRCC by satellite phone but receives no response

10:40

Ocean Viking calls EU patrol aircraft on VHF informing about potential target

10:55

Ocean Viking calls EU patrol aircraft on VHF for a situation update

August 12, 2019
10:30

Ocean Viking overhears VHF distress call from a fishing boat with medical emergency on board, 60NM away

11:10

Ocean Viking alters course towards the potential boat in distress position

13:06

Ocean viking calls Libyan JRCC by satellite phone but receives no response

13:22

Ocean Viking launches 2 rescue boats in the water

13:37

Ocean Viking calls Libyan JRCC by VHF but receives no response

16:00

2 RHIBS and 3 life Rafts recovered onboard

16:22

Ocean viking calls Libyan JRCC by satellite phone but receives no response

18:38

EU patrol aircraft informs all ships by VHF about position of the rubber boat in distress in the Maltese SRR

August 13, 2019
14:48

Ocean Viking alters course towards north while requesting a place of safety at a speed of 5 knots

16:36

Ocean Viking calls Libyan JRCC by satellite phone informing about a potential boat in distress

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August 19, 2019
18:40

Ocean Viking is standing by in the overlapping Italian and Maltese SRR in the international waters, at the position 36°18.7’N 013°23.7’E, waiting for further guidance from the authorities

August 20, 2019