Watch The Med Alarm Phone Investigations 14th of July 2015Case name
: Vessel in distress between Morocco and SpainStatus of WTM Investigations
: ConcludedPlace of Incidents
: Western Mediterranean SeaSummary of the Cases
On Tuesday the 14th of July, at about 2pm, the Alarm Phone shift team was contacted from passengers on a vessel in the Western Mediterranean Sea, carrying 11 people, including a woman and a baby. They had left three hours ago and said that they were very tired. We reached out the Spanish rescue agency Salvamento Maritimo and passed on the obtained information. Salvamento then contacted us shortly afterwards, stating that they could not get through to the travellers. We were also unable to re-establish our communication with them.
At 4:38pm, we spoke to Salvamento Maritimo again who informed us that the Moroccan Navy had intercepted a vessel with 11 people on board. However, they were uncertain whether this was the vessel in question as the intercepted travellers were all men which would not match the initial description we received. At about 6pm, we called the travellers again and this time somebody picked up. However, communication was difficult and eventually broke off so that no further information could be obtained.
A friend of the Alarm Phone went to the police station in Morocco and found out that there were 3 vessel in total that day, two carrying 9 people respectively and one carrying 11. All three vessels were intercepted and returned to Morocco.