Watch The Med Alarm Phone Investigations – 11th of October 2016Case name
: 312 travellers in distress between Libya and Italy, rescued by Safe the ChildrenStatus of WTM Investigation
: ConcludedPlace of Incident
: Central Mediterranean SeaSummary of the Cases:
On Tuesday, the 11th of October 2016 at 11.17am, Father Mussie Zerai alerted the Alarm Phone to a boat in distress in the Central Med, forwarding us their satellite phone number. The vessel was a wooden fishing boat carrying 312 travellers. We passed on the information to the Italian coast guard, who informed us that they were already working on the case. It was not possible for our shift team to establish direct contact to the boat, but by monitoring the balance of the Thuraya phone, we could see that the boat was in contact with others from time to time, as their credit decreased. At 6.05pm a contact person informed us that Sea Watch and Save the Children, who were searching for the boat together with an army helicopter, just spotted the boat. When we spoke to the Italian coast guard again at 8.27pm, they confirmed that the rescue operation was ongoing. Later our contact person informed us that the rescue operation had been completed shortly after 10pm by the vessel of Safe the Children, Vos Hestia, with the support of Sea Eye.
Last update: 21:58 Nov 10, 2016