Watch The Med Alarm Phone Investigations – 29th of November 2016Case name
: 1 distress call, 2 Boats intercepted by the Moroccan NavyStatus of WTM Investigation
: Concluded Place of Incident
: Western Mediterranean SeaSummary of the Case:
On Tuesday the 29th of November 2016 the Alarm Phone was alerted to one case in the Western Mediterranean.
At 7.40am, we received a distress call from travellers who had left from Tanger Med, Marocco. We could not get more information, because the phone connection broke off and we did not manage to get in touch with the travellers after the first contact. At 1:15pm, we eventually decided to call the Spanish search and rescue agency Salvamento Maritimo. They told us that they had not rescued any boats today, but that the Moroccan Marine had intercepted 2 boats with 7 and 10 passengers respectively. The boat with 7 travellers had been picked up near Tanger Med. We sent an email to Salvamento Maritimo, asking for more information concerning the case to see whether this was the boat from which we had recived the call. Salvamento confirmed that the boat intercepted by the Maroccan Navy was the one we had been in touch with, as the phone numbers matched. They explained that they had tried to get in touch with the boat as well and that they had reached them after they had been returned to Marocco.
Last update: 22:53 Dec 17, 2016