Watch The Med Alarm Phone Investigations – 5th of December 2016Case name
: 70 travellers in distress north of Sabratha, rescued by the Italian coast guardStatus of WTM Investigation
: ConcludedPlace of Incident
: Central Mediterranean SeaSummary of the Cases:
On Monday, the 5th of December 2016 at 5.35am, a contact person alerted us to a boat north of Sabratha carrying 70 travellers, amongst them families and five children. The contact person new neither the position, nor the satellite phone number of the boat, so all the information we had was that the boat had left Sabratha around 4am. The contact person also passed on a WhatsApp number of one of the people on the boat, but it was not possible to establish contact to this number. At 6.55am we decided to pass on the information we had about time and place of departure to the Italian coast guard. For the rest of the day both we and the contact person kept trying to reach the travellers, but without success. At 3am the following morning we got a confirmation from the contact person that the travellers had been rescued to Catania, Italy. In the morning we also received a WhatsApp message from the person from the boat we had tried to reach. He confirmed that the group had arrived safely.
Last update: 15:54 Jan 15, 2017