14/09: 130 travelers rescued by MOAS between Libya and Italy

15.09.2016 / 12:54 / Central Mediterranean Sea

Watch The Med Alarm Phone Investigations – 14th of September 2016

Case name: 2016_09_14-CM85
Situation: 130 travellers in distress between Libya and Italy, rescued by MOAS
Status of WTM Investigation: Concluded
Place of Incident: Central Mediterranean Sea

Summary of the Cases: On Wednesday, the 14th of September 2016 at 6.16am, Father Mussie Zerai alerted the Alarm Phone to a group of around 130 travellers in distress in the Central Med, forwarding us their satellite phone number. We managed to reach the boat several times and recharged the credit on their satellite phone. We were not able to get their exact position, but they told us that there were many women and children on board, and that water was entering the boat. We informed the Italian coast guard about the situation, but they insisted that they could not do anything without knowing the exact position of the vessel. After this, we could no longer reach the travellers, and by monitoring the balance on their satellite phone, we could see that they also were not in contact with anyone else. At 1.15pm we talked to the Italian coast guard again, and they informed us that all 124 travellers on the boat had been rescued by MOAS a few hours earlier.
Last update: 18:53 Oct 07, 2016
Credibility: UP DOWN 0
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