Aquarius informed the IMRCC on the presence of a boat of distress. MRCC stated that the Libyan Coast Guard was coordinating the case. Faced with the lack of response to repeated telephone calls to the Libyan Coast Guard, the SAR coordinator from SOS MEDITERRANEAN asked the MRCC Rome permission to evacuate a child with breathing difficulties and people showing signs of dehydration to the clinic of Aquarius.

Finally, due to the fact that the Libyan Coast Guard never showed up, not only the medical cases and their caregivers, but all the migrants of this boat in distress were finally transferred on board the Aquarius”.

SAR case number: N.A

SAR organisation: SOS Mediterranee

SAR asset: Aquarius

Incident type: Order to stay away by EU authority

Date of SAR (UTC): 25/09/2017

Source of first information for the NGO: Own detection

Vessels

Number of migrant boats: 1

Type of migrant boat(s): Rubbet Boats

Number of people on board per boat: 20

Other vessels in the vicinity (e.g. unidentified / cargo / aircrafts): The Libyan Coast Guard was supposed to carry out the rescue but they never showed up

Actors involved (by asset / institution type): MRCC Rome; Libyan Coast Guard/Navy

Location

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: 25 nautical miles from Libya

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

Location description: High seas

Approximate distance from coast line: 25 nautical miles from the coast of Libya

Country of disembarkation: N.A

Survivors

Total number of survivors: 20

Fatalities

Total number of confirmed deaths: 0

Estimated number of dead / missing persons: 0