31/07: Alarm Phone in contact with boat in distress, intercepted by Moroccan Marine

01.08.2017 / 18:52 / Western Mediterranean Sea

Watch The Med Alarm Phone Investigations – 31st of July 2017

Case name: 2017_07_31-WM150
Situation: Alarm Phone in contact with boat in distress, intercepted by Moroccan Marine
Status of WTM Investigation: Concluded
Place of Incident: Western Mediterranean Sea

Summary of the Case: On Monday the 31st of July 2017 at 6.42am, the Alarm Phone was directly called from a boat in distress in Moroccan waters. Because of a bad connection, we only learnt that they had started from Achakar Beach close to Cap Spartel, Morocco. Afterwards, the call broke down. We tried to call them again many times, but only reached them again at 7.06am. The travellers informed us that they had been intercepted by the Moroccan Marine Royale in the meantime. We contacted a member of the Alarm Phone in Morocco and asked to get in touch with the travellers. Later on we learned, that they had been brought to a police station, where they had been registered. Afterwards, they were set free and were doing fine.
Last update: 09:44 Sep 07, 2017
Credibility: UP DOWN 0
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  • Border police patrols
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  • Coastal radars
    Approximate radar beam range covered by coastal radars operating in the frame of national marine traffic monitoring systems. The actual beam depends from several different parameters (including the type of object to be detected). Data source: Finmeccanica.
  • Exclusive Economic Zone
    Maritime area beyond and adjacent to the territorial sea in which the coastal state exercises sovereign rights for the purposes of exploring and exploiting, conserving and managing the natural resources, whether living or non-living, the seabed and its subsoil and the superjacent waters. Its breadth is 200 nautical miles from the straight baselines from which the territorial sea is measured (UNCLOS, Arts. 55, 56 and 57). Data source: Juan Luis Suárez de Vivero, Atlas of the European Seas and Oceans
  • Frontex operations
    Frontex has, in the past few years, carried out several sea operations at the maritime borders of the EU. The blue shapes indicate the approximate extend of these operations. Data source: Migreurop Altas.
  • Mobile phone coverage
    Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) network coverage. Data source: Collins Mobile Coverage.
  • Oil and gas platforms
    Oil and gas platforms in the Mediterranean. Data source:
  • 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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