Watch The Med Alarm Phone Investigations – 23rd of March 2017Case name
: boat with 11 passengers in distress on the way to Tarifa, picked up by the Moroccan NavyStatus of WTM Investigation
: ConcludedPlace of Incident
: Western Mediterranean SeaSummary of the Cases:
On Thursday, the 23rd of March 2017, at 3.04am our Alarm Phone shift team received a call from a traveller in a boat in the Western Mediterranean Sea. The traveller explained that he and his 10 fellow travellers were heading towards Tarifa, Spain. At 3.36am we talked to the traveller again and he asked us to call for help, as the boat was not moving any longer and as water was entering the boat. At 3:41am we reached the Spanish Search and Rescue organization Salvamento Maritimo (SM) in Tarifa who told us that they were already working on the case. We tried to get in touch with the travellers again, but could not establish a phone connection. At 7.30am SM informed us that they had rescued a boat, but that it was not the one we had been in touch with, as there were 19 and not 11 people on board. Two hours later, we called SM again and learned that the Moroccan Navy had rescued the 11 travellers around 7.20.
In the afternoon, just before 4pm, we eventually managed to reach our contact person from the boat, who confirmed that they had been rescued and brought back to Tangier, Morocco.