23/06: Travellers intercepted by the Moroccan Navy

24.06.2017 / 13:29 / Western Mediterranean

Watch The Med Alarm Phone Investigations – 23rd of June 2017

Case name: 2017_06_23-WM142
Situation: 7 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 Friday the 23rd of June, at 12.41am, the Alarm Phone received a direct call from a boat with seven travellers. They informed us that they left from Tangier more than ten hours earlier. Two of the people amongst them were sick and they were all very tired from rowing. At 12.50am we called the Spanish Search and Rescue agency Salvamento Maritimo, and passed on the information we had about the boat. At 1.05 we spoke to the travellers again, and they informed us that they had been called by Salvamento Maritimo, and also that they did not have a lot of battery left on their phone. After this call it was no longer possible for us to reach them. At 1.40pm we called Salvamento Maritimo again, and they informed us that the Moroccan Navy rescued a boat with ten people an hour earlier, and they assumed that it was the same case. We insisted that we spoke to the travellers less than an hour ago, and that they were seven on the boat, not ten. Friends from Ceuta also called to stress the urgency, but we were not able to obtain any information from Salvamento Maritimo. Only the next morning at 8.15am did we manage to reach the travellers again, and they could inform us that they had been intercepted by the Moroccan Navy and brought to the police station, from where some of them had been deported towards the south of Morocco.
Last update: 12:50 Jul 20, 2017
Credibility: UP DOWN 0
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  • Coastal radars
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  • Mobile phone coverage
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  • Search and Rescue Zone
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  • Territorial Waters
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