Ocean Viking, in position 36 57 N 015 42 E is in copy of the following email from Alarm Phone “The people on board AP0508 called our hotline and gave us the following position: 35 21 001 015 46 598 @03:47 CEST 20 APR 2023. The people on board report the weather conditions are deteriorating; it is raining and they are fully exposed to the elements; they have no jackets. The people report they have been at sea for 5 days; they have no food and have not eaten for 2 days. They require immediate assistance. Please send rescue now. There is a reasonable certainty that the persons on board the case boat are threatened by grave and imminent danger of being lost at sea and require immediate assistance.”
All times are in UTC +2.
On April 17, Ocean Viking leaves Syracuse, Sicily.
On April 21, Ocean Viking evacuate 29 shipwrecked persons from an adrift boat in distress. Survivors explains that they spent 5 days at sea without assistance. Shortly after, ITMRCC designates Bari, Italy, as a Place of Safety.
On April 23, all survivors disembarked in Bari. Rescue is completed.
On April 26, Ocean Viking leaves the port of Syracuse after a short portcall.
On April 27, Ocean Viking evacuates 15 persons in distress in the Maltese Search and Rescue Region.
On April 28, Ocean Viking completes the evacuation of three boats in distress in the Maltese Search and Rescue Region, in less than 7 hours, all closely coordinated by ITMRCC. 59, 65 and 29 persons in distress are evacuated. Ocean Viking receives the instruction from ITMRCC to disembark the 168 survivors in Civitavecchia, Italy.
On May 2, the disembarkation of the 168 survivors is complete in Civitavecchia.
On May 9, Ocean Viking leaves the port of Syracuse, Sicily but goes back to seek shelter from bad weather on May 15.
The ship leaves again the port on May 21 towards the area of operations. After long unsuccessful searches for boats in distress, Ocean Viking returns to Syracuse on May 26 for a portcall.