28/03: 30 travellers rescued to Almeria

29.03.2018 / 14:58 / Western Mediterranean Sea

Watch The Med Alarm Phone Investigations – 28th of March 2018

Case name: 2018_03_27-WM218
Situation: 30 travellers rescued by the Spanish Salvanemto Maritimo
Status of WTM Investigation: Concluded
Place of Incident: Western Mediterranean Sea

Summary of the Case: On Wednesday the 28th of March, at 6.10pm, the Alarm Phone shift team was alerted by a contact person to a group of 29 travellers in distress, including three women (we later found out that the exact number of the people was 30). The contact person forwarded us the phone number of the travellers and informed us that they had left from Nador at 5.30am, and that the last contact to the boat had been at midday, at which time the motor on the boat was no longer working. We were not able to establish direct contact to the travellers, so at 6.17pm we called the Spanish search and rescue organisation Salvamento Maritimo (SM) and passed on the information we had. They informed us that they had already rescued eight boats the same day, and told us to contact the Moroccan navy concerning the case. At 6.30pm we called the Moroccan Marine Royale, who said that they were already aware of the case and searching for the boat. During several calls to SM, we learned that all their search and rescue vessels were heading back to Spain after having carried out rescue operations, and that therefore the Moroccan navy would need to deal with this boat, which according to their estimates was still located in Moroccan waters. In a call to Marine Royale at 8.46pm, they confirmed that they were still searching for the boat and informed us that they had already carried out nine rescue operations that day.
The rest of the evening, and most of the following day, our shift team tried hard to obtain information about what had happened to the boat. We were continuously in contact with the contact person, called the local police in Spain, who could not give us any information, and communicated with the Spanish Red Cross. Only at 9.45pm the following evening, did we receive a confirmation from the contact person, that the travellers had all arrived safely to Spain.
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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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