While transiting to a position in the Western SAR Zone of Italy, the Lifeline identified a vessel in distress. Initially the presence of the vessel was noticed on radar and subsequently confirmed by sight as the Lifeline proceeded with the rescue of 41 migrants. 

SAR case number: 1853

SAR organisation: SMH

SAR asset: Lifeline

Date of SAR (UTC): 21/11/2017

Time of first information received (UTC): 21/11/2017 5:35 am

Source of first information for the NGO: Own detection

Starting time of first sighting / engagement with target boat in distress (UTC): 21/11/2017 6:00 am


Number of migrant boats: 1

Type of migrant boat(s): Wooden boat

Number of people on board per boat: 41

Other vessels in the vicinity (e.g. unidentified / cargo / aircrafts): SAR aircraft overflies the Lifeline position, Sea Watch 3 received the transfer.

Actors involved (by asset / institution type): Sea Watch; Lifeline


Region of Mediterranean: Central Mediterranean

Position(s) of vessel(s) in distress at the time of SAR request:

Location description: High seas

Approximate distance from coast line: 38,9039

Position(s) of rescue(s) at the time of SAR operation(s):

Location description: High seas

Approximate distance from coast line: 26,6144


Total number of survivors: 41

Number of identified (accompanied) children: 9

Number of identified unaccompanied minors: 1

Number of identified pregnant women: 1

Number of identified medical evacuation cases: 0


Total number of confirmed deaths: 0

Estimated number of dead / missing persons: 0