14/03 11 people intercepted off the coast of Laayoune

<b>Watch The Med Alarm Phone Investigations – 14th March 2021</b>
<i>Case name</i>: 2021_03_14-W571
<i>Situation</i>: 11 people rescued by the Marine Royale off the coast of Laayoune
<i>Status of WTM Investigat…

<b>Watch The Med Alarm Phone Investigations – 14th March 2021</b> <i>Case name</i>: 2021_03_14-W571 <i>Situation</i>: 11 people rescued by the Marine Royale off the coast of Laayoune <i>Status of WTM Investigation</i>: Concluded <i>Place of Incident</i>: Western Mediterranean <i>Summary of the Case:</i> At 08:38 CET on 14 March we were contacted by a boat in distress. The boat had departed from Laayoune but had run into difficulties. There were technical problems with the phone system and we were not able to record the phone number. We were also unable to establish the boat position, but we knew that it could not be far from the coast as they were still able to phone us. We were told that there were 10 travellers on board a grey plastic boat. We did what we could to get back in touch with the boat or find out more information about it, without much success. At 10:45 a relative of one of the travellers got in touch to give us information. They did not have a GPS position for us, but were in sporadic contact with the boat. They passed on a phone number, but we were unable to reach the travellers. Over the next hour or so, we found out a little more information about the boat. We discovered that there were two women on board and that the boat was only about 8 km from its starting point. It had left at dawn that morning. We got in touch with MRCC Rabat by email to provide information about the boat and asked them to arrange a search and rescue operation. Shortly before midday they told us that they were carrying out a rescue of a grey plastic boat carrying 11 people. The relative of the travellers also told us that he was informed that rescue was underway.

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