Watch The Med Alarm Phone Investigations – 7th of May 2016Case name
: 35 persons rescued to AlmeríaStatus of WTM Investigation
: Concluded Place of Incident
: Western Mediterranean SeaSummary of the Case:
On Saturday the 7th of May 2016, at 4.12pm, the Alarm Phone was alerted to a boat, carrying 35 persons, including 10 children and 6 women, who had left from Al Hoceima in the direction of Almería. We could not establish a direct connection with the boat, but informed the Spanish rescue agency Salvamento Maritimo about the case at 4.30 pm. They told us that they were searching for another boat with 44 travellers about 10 miles from coast of Melilla. At 5.30pm, we called Salvamento Maritimo again. They told us about one boat with about 50 persons who had been rescued by the Moroccans navy, but they assumed that another boat was in the area, so they continued the search with a helicopter. At 6.50pm Salvamento Maritimo informed us that the helicopter had spotted a boat with about 30-40 persons and that a rescue boat was underway. At 9.25pm, Salvamento Maritimo confirmed to us that a boat with 35 persons including had been rescued and brought to Almería, where it had arrived at 20.55pm. We forwarded the news about the successful rescue to the person who had first contacted us about the case.