On July, a commercial supply vessel operating under Italian flag, called Asso Ventotto, was working with platform Sabratah of Mellita Oil & Gas in the Mediterranean sea near Libyan waters.

While the vessel was carrying out its task, the Libyan Coast Guard ordered it to pick up migrants that were navigating in an inflatable boat around 1.5 nm off the platform. Considering a Libyan official was presnt a the platform, he boarded the Asso Ventotto and guided the operation.

Once the vessel rescued the migrants, a Libyan Coast Guard vessel arrived and accompanied the Asso Ventotto to the port of Tripoli.

According to information from the Italian Coast Guard, te IMRCC was only informed about the operation when the Aso Ventotto was already heading towards Tripoli. However, it did not instruct the shipmaster to avoid carrying out the disembarkation as Libya is not considered a safe port and such disembarkation would violate the principle of non refoulement.

SAR case number: N.A

Incident types: Pullback; EU MRCC denying responsibility for SAR

Date of SAR (UTC): 30/07/2018


Number of migrant boats: 1

Type of migrant boat(s): Rubber Boat

Number of people on board per boat: 101

Other vessels in the vicinity (e.g. unidentified / cargo / aircrafts): Asso Ventotto (commercial vessel with Italian flag)

Actors involved (by asset / institution type): Libyan Coast Guard/Navy; Asso Ventotto


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: 57 Nautical Miles off Tripoli

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

Location description: High seas

Approximate distance from coast line: 57 natucal miles from Tripoli

Country of disembarkation: Libya


Total number of survivors: 101

Number of identified (accompanied) children: 5

Number of identified pregnant women: 5


Total number of confirmed deaths: 0