15/08: Travellers returned to Morocco after losing air

16.08.2017 / 13:58 / Western Mediterranean Sea

Watch The Med Alarm Phone Investigations – 15th of August 2017

Case name: 2017_08_15-WM151
Situation: 10 travellers returned to Tangier after their rubber boat started losing air
Status of WTM Investigation: Concluded
Place of Incident: Western Mediterranean

Summary of the Cases: On Tuesday the 15th of August, at 8.08pm, the Alarm Phone was alerted to a boat carrying ten travellers by a contact person. The travellers had left from Cap Spartel in Tangier at around 1 pm, and were no longer reachable. At 9.00pm our shift team alerted the Spanish search and rescue organisation Salvamento Maritimo (SM) who were already aware of the case. As we could see online that the boats of SM were in the area, we called them back at 00.05am to ask if they had any news. They informed us that they had not found the ten travellers, but had rescued another boat carrying 31 travellers. Later in the night the contact person informed us that the travellers had returned to Tangier by themselves as their inflatable boat had started to lose air.
Last update: 19:01 Sep 06, 2017
Credibility: UP DOWN 0
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  • Coastal radars
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  • Mobile phone coverage
    Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) network coverage. Data source: Collins Mobile Coverage.
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  • Search and Rescue Zone
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  • Territorial Waters
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