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

On August 3, Ocean Viking moored in the port of Syracuse, Sicily.

On August 21, Ocean Viking leaves anchorage at Syracuse, Sicily.

On August 25, the Ocean Viking evacuates a total of 212 survivors from four boats in distress: 41 survivors from a wooden boat in distress, 12 survivors from a rubber boat in distress, 40 survivors from a wooden boat, 119 survivors from a wooden boat in distress.

On August 26, the Ocean Viking evacuates 56 survivors from a wooden boat in distress.

On August 27, the Ocean Viking evacuates 198 survivors from five boats in distress: 87 survivors from a wooden boat, 32 survivors from a wooden boat, 15 survivors from a fiberglass boat, 47 survivors from a wooden boat, 17 survivors from a wooden boat.

On August 29, the Ocean Viking performed the medical evacuation of two patients with four of their relatives via an Italian Coast Guard patrol vessel.

On September 02, the Ocean Viking performed the medical evacuation of one patient via an Italian Coast Guard helicopter.

On September 02, the Ocean Viking is instructed to sail to Taranto, Italy, to disembark the remaining survivors onboard.

On September 04, the Ocean Viking disembarks the remaining 459 survivors in Taranto, Italy.

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August 21, 2022
16:00

Ocean Viking leaves anchorage in Syracusa, Italy.

20:30

Ocean Viking stops to perform drills at sea. All 3 Rhibs are in the water.

22:12

Rhib training is completed, all rhibs are recovered. Ocean Viking resumes navigation.

August 22, 2022
15:00

Ocean Viking stops to perform drills at sea. All 3 Rhibs are in the water.

16:36

Rhib training is completed, all rhibs are recovered. Ocean Viking resumes navigation.

August 24, 2022
07:36

Ocean Viking spots a wooden boat adrift, empty, marked with “CP 13/xx/2022”.

12:36

Ocean Viking alters course towards the last known distress position and increases speed.

15:54

Ocean Viking spots a Libyan Coastguard patrol vessel heading south on her port side.

16:54

Ocean Viking spots a wooden boat, half submerged.

16:54

Ocean Viking spots a wooden boat, half submerged.

17:24

Ocean Viking spots an empty large blue wooden boat adrift, without engine, in the vicinity of the last known distress position.

19:36

Ocean Viking spots an empty wooden boat blue and white adrift.

August 25, 2022
04:18

Ocean Viking spots a wooden boat close to the Ocean Viking, possibly in distress.

04:40

Ocean Viking reports by email to JRCC Tripoli about the intention to perform the rescue.

04:43

Lifejackets’ distribution starts.

04:46

Lifejackets’ distribution is complete.

04:57

RHIBs start the evacuation of survivors onboard Ocean Viking.

05:28

Ocean Viking informs LYJRCC by email of the retrieval completion.

05:42

Ocean Viking resumes navigation and awaits further instructions.

07:12

Ocean Viking sends a request for the designation of a Place of Safety via email to LYJRCC, with ITMRCC and MTRCC in copy, for the 41 survivors onboard.

07:30

Ocean Viking spots an empty blue wooden boat, adrift.

11:57

Ocean Viking receives a distress relay from the sailing vessel Nadir about a rubber boat in distress.

12:15

Ocean Viking informs LYJRCC Tripoli about the intention to proceed towards the target.

14:25

Ocean Viking reports by email to LYJRCC Tripoli about the intention to perform the rescue.

14:25

Ocean Viking launches one RHIB.

14:48

Ocean Viking resumes navigation and awaits further instructions.

16:24

Ocean Viking sends a request for the designation of a Place of Safety via email to LYJRCC, with ITMRCC and MTRCC in copy, for the 53 survivors onboard.

18:52

Ocean Viking informs MTRCC of her intention to perform the rescue via email.

18:52

Ocean Viking launches 3 RHIBs in the water.

19:03

Lifejackets distribution starts.

19:20

RHIBs start evacuating survivors on Ocean Viking.

19:27

Ocean Viking sends an email to MTRCC informing of the rescue completion.

19:32

Ocean Viking resumes navigation sailing towards another potential distress case and awaits further instructions.

20:20

Ocean Viking informs MTRCC via email of her intention to perform the rescue.

20:24

Ocean Viking RHIBs continue lifejackets distribution started by S/V Astral.

20:46

Ocean Viking RHIBs start evacuation of survivors onboard Ocean Viking.

21:21

Ocean Viking sends an email to MTRCC reporting the rescue completion.

21:54

Ocean Viking resumes navigation and waits for further instructions.

23:48

Ocean Viking sends an email to MTRCC, with ITMRCC in copy, requesting a Place of Safety for all 212 survivors onboard.

August 26, 2022
15:02

Ocean Viking informs MTRCC of her intention to proceed towards the reported distress case, 50NM away and assist.

15:50

Ocean Viking sends an email to ITMRCC, with MTRCC and LYJRCC in copy, requesting assistance in finding a Place of Safety for all 212 survivors onboard.

19:48

Ocean Viking sends an email to MTRCC reporting her intention to perform the rescue.

19:48

Ocean Viking launches 2 RHIBs.

20:08

Lifejacket distribution starts.

20:18

Lifejacket distribution is completed.

20:24

RHIBs start the evacuation of survivors onboard Ocean Viking.

20:50

Ocean Viking sends an email to MTRCC reporting the rescue completion.

21:00

Ocean Viking resumes navigation and waits for further instructions.

23:09

Ocean Viking sends an email to MTRCC, with ITMRCC in copy, requesting a Place of Safety for all 268 survivors onboard.

August 27, 2022
07:09

Ocean Viking informs MTRCC of her intention to evacuate the boat in distress.

07:12

Ocean Viking launches 3 RHIBs.

07:20

Lifejacket distribution starts.

07:24

Lifejacket distribution is completed.

07:36

RHIBs start the evacuation of survivors onboard Ocean Viking.

08:00

Ocean Viking sends an email to MTRCC reporting the retrieval completion.

08:06

Ocean Viking resumes navigation and waits for further instructions.

09:29

Ocean Viking sends an email to MTRCC, with ITMRCC in copy, requesting a Place of Safety for all 355 survivors onboard.

12:50

Ocean Viking alerts course towards the reported distress position.

13:19

Ocean Viking informs MTRCC by email of her intention to evacuate the boat in distress.

13:32

Ocean Viking launches 2 RHIBs.

13:45

Lifejacket distribution completed.

14:00

RHIBs start the evacuation of survivors onboard Ocean Viking.

14:18

Ocean Viking resumes navigation towards the distress case reported by Alarm Phone and waits for further instructions.

16:16

Ocean Viking sends an email to MTRCC informing of her intention to evacuate the boat in distress.

16:20

Ocean Viking launches 2 RHIBs.

16:24

Lifejacket distribution starts for one of the two boats in distress.

16:27

Lifejacket distribution boat 1 completed. 1 RHIB starts the evacuation of survivors onboard Ocean Viking.

17:28

Ocean Viking sends an email to MTRCC, with ITMRCC in copy, reporting the completion of the evacuation of 15 persons from a fiberglass boat in distress.

17:30

With two rhibs in the water, Ocean Viking reconfirms the distress situation of a wooden boat previously spotted and assessed by Seabird2.

17:36

Ocean Viking RHIBs start lifejackets distribution.

17:40

Ocean Viking RHIBs complete lifejackets distribution.

17:50

Ocean Viking RHIBs start evacuation of survivors.

18:06

Ocean Viking sends an email to MTRCC informing of the completion of the evacuation of 47 survivors.

20:24

Ocean Viking stops at a safe distance from the boat in distress and launches one RHIB.

20:28

Ocean Viking RHIB starts lifejackets distribution.

20:30

Ocean Viking RHIB completes lifejackets distribution and starts evacuation.

20:48

Ocean Viking informs MTRCC by email, with ITMRCC in copy, of the completion of the evacuation.

23:25

Ocean Viking sends a request for the designation of a Place of Safety to MTRCC and ITMRCC for the 466 survivors onboard via email.

August 28, 2022
14:57

Ocean Viking sends a request for the designation of a Place of Safety to MTRCC and ITMRCC for the 466 survivors onboard via email.

August 29, 2022
15:41

Ocean Viking sends an email to ITMRCC, with MTRCC in copy, requesting assistance in finding a Place of Safety and facilitate a prompt disembarkation of all 460 survivors currently on board Ocean Viking.

August 30, 2022
12:02

Ocean Viking sends an email to ITMRCC, with MTRCC in copy, requesting assistance in finding a Place of Safety and facilitate a prompt disembarkation of all 460 survivors currently on board Ocean Viking.

August 31, 2022
11:49

Ocean Viking sends an email to ITMRCC, with MTRCC in copy, requesting assistance in finding a Place of Safety and facilitate a prompt disembarkation of all 460 survivors currently on board Ocean Viking.

13:53

Ocean Viking receives an email by ITMRCC informing that her request for assistance in finding a place of safety for all survivors onboard has been forwarded to the competent national authority.

September 1, 2022
12:09

Ocean Viking sends an email to ITMRCC, with MTRCC in copy, requesting assistance in finding a Place of Safety and facilitate a prompt disembarkation of all 460 survivors currently on board Ocean Viking.

13:38

Ocean Viking receives an email by ITMRCC informing that her request for assistance in finding a place of safety for all survivors onboard has been forwarded to the competent national authority.

September 2, 2022
15:32

Ocean Viking sends an email to ITMRCC, with MTRCC in copy, requesting assistance in finding a Place of Safety and facilitate a prompt disembarkation of all 459 survivors currently on board Ocean Viking.

September 4, 2022
09:05

Ocean Viking arrives in the port of Taranto, Italy.

10:06

Ocean Viking starts disembarkation of the 459 survivors in the port of Taranto, Italy.

September 5, 2022
02:25

Ocean Viking completes disembarkation of 459 survivors in the port of Taranto, Italy.

19:18

Ocean Viking leaves the port of Taranto, Italy.