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

SITUATION RECAP

Last update 29/01/2020 at 12h30 (All times in UTC+1h)

– On the 24th of January, at 05h05  all 92 survivors are safely brought on board

– On the 25th of January, at 05h08  all 59 survivors are safely brought on board

– On the 25th of January, at 19h12  all 72 survivors are safely brought on board

– On the 26th of January, at 22h38  all 102 survivors are safely brought on board

– On the 27th of January, at 02h10  all 82 survivors are safely brought on board

– On the 27th of January,  Ocean Viking request a Medical evacuation to the Maltese RCC. At 15:30 4 survivors were winched on board a Maltese Helicopter.

– On the 27th of January,  at 22h44 Italian MRCC indicates Taranto (Italy) as Place of Safety.

– On the 29th of January,  at 12h30 the disembarkation of the 403 survivors are complete

Search

January 24, 2020
02:50

Ocean Viking receives an email from the Alarm Phone, updating the position of the boat

02:50

Ocean Viking (in psn 33° 16.5’N 012°46.8’E) has visual contact with some lights from the boat in distress

03:16

Ocean Viking launches her first RIHB

03:33

Ocean Viking informs LYJRCC about the distress situation and that the occupants of the rubber boat will be recovered onto Ocean Viking

03:39

Life jackets distribution finished

03:56

First survivors are on board Ocean Viking

05:16

Rescue is completed. All RHIB s on board Ocean Viking

05:36

Ocean Viking informs LYJRCC (with ITMRCC, RCCMALTA, EUNAVFORMed, Alan Kurdi and AlarmPhone in copy) about rescue completion

09:34

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

January 25, 2020
03:46

Ocean Viking (in psn 33° 14.6’N 012°31.5’E ) has visual on some lights from the reported boat in distress and also radar contact

04:13

Life jackets distribution starts

04:25

Life jackets distribution finished

04:40

First survivors are on board Ocean Viking

05:15

Ocean Viking informs by email LYJRCC (copying ITMRCC, RCCMALTA, EUNAVFOR MED and AlarmPhone) about rescue completion.

18:15

First assessment: the boat is listing on the port side, the transom is very low in the water, possibly water inside the boat. There is a high risk of capsize

18:47

First survivors are on board Ocean Viking

19:21

Boat is marked « SAR 25 01 2020 OV” in position 34° 45.2′ N 012 49.3′ E

January 26, 2020
14:36

Libyan Coast Guard replied to the previous email informing they do not have a current possibility for any rescue operation

17:53

Ocean Viking asks by phone MTMRCC if there is any updated position for the distress cases. Doesn’t get any answer because the duty officer is very busy

21:02

Ocean Viking in position 34° 11.5’ N 013° 46.1’ E has visual contact with some lights and also Radar contact to 1.5 nautical miles with the probably boat in distress

21:18

Rescue RAFT in the water, needed for offload people from the highly overcrowded boat

21:20

First assessment: the boat is overcrowded, could be 80 people on board including a lot of babies, about 20 women and about 50 men

22:50

Black Rubber Boat is marked « SAR 26 01 2020 OV” in position 34° 11.8′ N 013 47.5′ E

January 27, 2020
15:30

Medevac completed. Patient and her 3 children on board Helicopter

Latitude: 36.277
Longitude: 13.830
January 29, 2020