21/11 Alarm Phone alerted to boat carrying 7 people from Morocco, returned to Tangier

22.11.2017 / 18:24 / Morocco, Western Mediterranean

Watch The Med Alarm Phone Investigations – 21st of November 2017

Case name: 2017_11_21-WM178
Situation: Alarm Phone alerted to emergency situation in the Western Med
Status of WTM Investigation: Concluded
Place of Incident: Western Mediterranean Sea

Summary of the Case: On Tuesday, the 21st of November 2017, at 4.04am, our Alarm Phone shift team was alerted by a contact person in Morocco to a boat carrying 7 people in the Western Mediterranean Sea. The group had left the evening before, at about 10pm, and we received one of their phone numbers. We were unable to directly reach the travellers, but our contact person informed us at 4.21am, that the rubber boat was losing air. At 5pm, Salvamento Maritimo, the Spanish search and rescue organisation, informed us that they had also established contact to the boat but were unable to retrieve their GPS position. They had lost contact to the boat about 2.30am. They speculated that they may have already been intercepted by the Moroccan Navy. At 6am, we received a second number from one of the persons on the boat, but also failed to reach him. At 9.24am, the Spanish authorities informed us that the Moroccan Navy had informed them about two boats carrying each 7 people who had been intercepted and returned to Morocco a few hours earlier. At 3.30pm, our contact person confirmed that the 7 people had been intercepted. They had been returned to Tangier, but were safe.
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  • Border police patrols
    While the exact location of patrols is of course constantly changing, this line indicates the approximate boundary routinely patrolled by border guards’ naval assets. In the open sea, it usually correspond to the outer extent of the contiguous zone, the area in which “State may exercise the control necessary to prevent infringement of its customs, fiscal, immigration or sanitary laws” (UNCLOS, art. 33). Data source: interviews with border police officials.
  • 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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