30/12/17: 11 travellers rescued to Spain

31.12.2017 / 15:19 / Western Mediterranean Sea

Watch The Med Alarm Phone Investigations – 30th of December 2017

Case name: 2017_12_30-WM202
Situation:11 travellers in distress rescued to Spain
Status of WTM Investigation: Concluded

Place of Incident: Western Mediterranean

Summary of the Case:

On Saturday, 30th of December, at 10:04am, we received a call from a boat with 11 people on board. They had left from Tanger at 1:00am, rowing towards the Spanish Coast. We tried to locate them by checking on vessels in their surrounding. At 10:30am we called the boat again. They had seen the rescue boat of Salvamento Maritimo, the Spanish SAR authority, but it hadn’t stopped.
At 10:38am we called Salvamento Maritimo. They were already searching for the boat, and we informed them that they had passed the boat some minutes before. We couldn’t reconnect to the travellers, but at 10:58am we received a message from them with the GPS coordinates of their position. At 11:01am we called Salvamento Maritimo and passed on the position. At 11:38am we called the boat again. Salvamento Maritimo answered the call and confirmed the rescue of everyone on board to Tarifa/Spain.
Last update: 17:48 Jan 15, 2018
Credibility: UP DOWN 0
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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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