SITUATION RECAP: The 141 survivors have disembarked in Malta
Last update: 15h25 (all times in UTC+2)
– On Friday, Aquarius rescued two wooden boats in the international waters of the Libyan Search and Rescue Region. The Libyan Joint Rescue Coordination Centre assumed coordination and provided SAR case numbers.
– On Saturday, Aquarius has been instructed by the Libyan JRCC to “contact another MRCC and ask for place of safety” for the disembarkation of the 141 people onboard.
– Sunday, while proceeding north since 11h00 in the morning, Aquarius has been instructed by the Libyan JRCC to conduct a rescue of 10 people in distress. Aquarius searched for the boat which continued heading north and found it as it entered the Maltese SRR. With Maltese authorization, Aquarius provided lifejackets, food and water to the people on the boat, who informed Aquarius that they would like to continue their way north.
– Aquarius escorted the fiberglass boat with the rescue RHIB, ensuring the safety of the people, under the instruction of the Maltese JRCC. Once reaching the Italian SRR, the people onboard the fiberglass boat have been taken by an Italian Coast Guard vessel. Aquarius resumed navigation to the North.
– On Sunday and Monday, Aquarius received three distress alerts for the same boat, sent to all ships in the area via INMARSAT by the Italian MRCC. The distress alerts inform that the rubber boat departed from Al Khoms (Libya) at 22:00 on August 11th with about 150 persons onboard.
– On Monday and Tuesday, Aquarius remained in standby at 32 Nautical miles from the European coast with 141 survivors onboard. According to the medical staff of MSF, the condition of the survivors was stable.
– Aquarius already requested a place of safety to Malta and Italy on Saturday, as the Libyan JRCC instructed Aquarius to contact other MRCCs. Both refused to coordinate the disembarkation of the survivors to a place of safety.
– On Wednesday, Aquarius received instructions to proceed to the port of Valletta from Maltese authorities.
– Informed that the Maltese authorities do not consider the 141 people onboard as survivors of a SAR event and that the disembarkation will not unfold under SAR regulation nor be coordinated by Maltese RCC, Aquarius requests the Libyan RCC to handover coordination to the Maltese RCC.
– The 141 survivors have disembarked in Malta.