14/07: Boat from Tangier intercepted by Moroccan Navy

15.07.2016 / 20:13 / Western Mediterranean Sea

Watch The Med Alarm Phone Investigations –14th of July 2016
Case name: 2016_07_14-WM108
Situation: Boat from Tangier intercepted by Moroccan Navy
Status of WTM Investigation: Concluded
Place of Incident: Western Mediterranean Sea

Summary of the Case: On Thursday the 14th of July 2016, at 08.32am, the Alarm Phone was alerted to a distress case involving seven persons, including one who was ill, travelling between Tangier and Tarifa. The boat left from a beach near Tangier at around 3.30 am local time. The travellers informed us that the sea was rough and that water was entering the boat. The connection broke off and it was not possible to establish a connection again. At 9.22 am, we informed the Spanish Search and Rescue Agency Salvamento Maritimo (S.M.) by phone and email. At 9.58 am, MRCC Madrid informed us that they forwarded our email to MRCC Rabat. At 10.24 am we called S.M. again to ask if there were any news about the case. At this point they were almost sure that the boat had been rescued by the Moroccan Navy, but could not confirm this, as they could not reach the MRCC Rabat. At 11.59 when we called S.M. again, they still had not managed to reach MRCC Rabat, but informed us that the Moroccan Navy had conducted several operations in the area that morning. As we still did not manage to reach the travellers we contacted local activists at 4.50 pm. They did not manage to reach the travellers either, but assumed that they were being held at the police station. At 9.30 pm we called back S.M. and they confirmed that 7 travellers had been rescued by the Moroccan Navy.
Last update: 14:13 Aug 26, 2016
Credibility: UP DOWN 0
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  • Border police patrols
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  • Coastal radars
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  • Exclusive Economic Zone
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  • Frontex operations
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  • Mobile phone coverage
    Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) network coverage. Data source: Collins Mobile Coverage.
  • Oil and gas platforms
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  • Search and Rescue Zone
    An area of defined dimensions within which a given state is has the responsibility to co-ordinate Search and Rescue operations, i.e. the search for, and provision of aid to, persons, ships or other craft which are, or are feared to be, in distress or imminent danger. Data source: IMO availability of search and rescue (SAR) services - SAR.8/Circ.3, 17 June 2011.
  • Territorial Waters
    A belt of sea (usually extending up to 12 nautical miles) upon which the sovereignty of a coastal State extends (UNCLOS, Art. 2). Data source: Juan Luis Suárez de Vivero, Atlas of the European Seas and Oceans

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