22/06: Travellers rescued by the Moroccan Navy

23.06.2017 / 13:05 / Western Mediterranean

Watch The Med Alarm Phone Investigations – 22nd of June 2017

Case name: 2017_06_22-WM141
Situation: 12 travellers on their way from Tangier intercepted by the Moroccan Navy
Status of WTM Investigation: Concluded
Place of Incident: Western Mediterranean

Summary of the Cases: On Thursday the 22nd of June, at 9.51am, the Alarm Phone received a direct call from a boat with 12 travellers, which left from Tangier three hours earlier. The travellers sounded very distressed, so at 9.56am our shift team called the Spanish Search and Rescue agency Salvamento Maritimo. Over the following many hours we stayed in contact with Salvamento Maritimo, but as there were many boats leaving from Tangier on this day, it was hard to identify the boat we had been calling about. However, we learned from Salvamento Maritimo that many of the boats made it to Tarifa. In the meantime, we also tried to establish contact to the travellers to find out if they had been rescued. Only in the afternoon, at 17.34, did we manage to reach them, and learned that they had been intercepted by the Moroccan Navy, and that they were all safe but had been brought to the police station.
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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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