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

SITUATION RECAP

Last update 11/24/2019 at 17h17 (All times in UTC+1)

– On the 19th of November, Ocean Viking rescued 95 people from a rubber boat in distress in the international waters of the Libyan Search and Rescue Region. The boat in distress was reported by Alarm Phone to the Libyan JRCC in the morning and was spotted by Ocean Viking roughly two hours later. Ocean Viking kept the Libyan JRCC continuously informed during the SAR event

– On the 20th of November, Ocean Viking searched for a rubber boat reported by alarm phone. The boat was later intercepted by LNCG. Later the same day, Ocean Viking rescued 30 people from a fiberglass boat in distress in the international waters of the Libyan Search and Rescue Region. The boat was spotted by Ocean Viking and LYJRCC was informed accordingly before rescue took place

– After Ocean Viking sent a request for a Place of Safety, Libyan JRCC offered Tripoli as a Place of Safety. Ocean Viking refused Tripoli as a Place of Safety since Libyan ports do not conform to the definition of Place Of Safety and requested a Place of Safety to ITMRCC and MTJRCC

– On the 21st of November, Ocean Viking rescued 90 survivors from a rubber boat in distress in the international waters of the Libyan Search and Rescue Region after searching for it all night. The boat in distress was reported to the Libyan JRCC and to Ocean Viking by alarm phone on the 20th of November

– Later the same day, Ocean Viking asked ITMRCC, MTJRCC and LYJRCC for a medevac for two survivors. MTJRCC coordinated requested medevac by helicopter on the 22nd of November

– On the 23rd of November, ITMRCC assigned Messina as a place of safety for the remaining 213 survivors

– On the 24th of November, all 213 survivors disembarked in Messina

Search

November 19, 2019
04:35

Ocean Viking calls LYJRCC on three different numbers and receives no response

04:48

Ocean Viking receives an email from Alarm Phone with an updated distress position

05:04

Ocean Viking forwards updated position to LYJRCC

06:25

First visual contact with a white rubber boat

06:39

Ocean Viking calls LNCG on VHF several times without response

06:51

Ocean Viking calls LYJRCC by SAT phone but receives no response

07:15

Distribution of lifejackets to people in distress is finalised

November 20, 2019
10:45

Ocean Viking calls LYJRCC by SAT phone but receives no response

11:28

Distribution of lifejackets to people in distress is finalised

18:25

Ocean Viking receives an email from LYJRCC designating Tripoli (Libya) as Place of Safety

November 21, 2019
12:48

First visual contact with a black rubber boat

13:35

Seriously injured survivor is evacuated to Easy 2 for medical care

November 22, 2019
November 23, 2019
November 24, 2019
14:25

Ocean Viking arrives in Messina Port

15:18

Ocean Viking commences disembarkation of survivors

Latitude: 38.18
Longitude: 015.55