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b>Watch The Med Alarm Phone Investigations – 18th March 2021</b> <i>Case name</i>: 2021_03_18-CM384 <i>Situation</i>: Alarm Phone alerted to one boat with 77 travellers in distress, fate unknown <i>Status of WTM Investigation</i>: Concluded <i>Place of Incident</i>: Central Mediterranean <i>Summary of the case:</i> In the night of Thursday the 18th of March, the Alarm Phone shift team received a message, alerting us to a rubber boat in distress, carrying around 77 travellers, including nine women and eight children. The boat had left from Garabuli, and we were informed that they had been around 22 nm off the coast the previous evening. According to a relative of the travellers, the engine of the boat was still working but that water was entering and the travellers were panicking. The relative had tried to alert the so-called Libyan coastguard, but had not managed to reach them. Unfortunately, we were not able to get a phone number of the travellers. At 08.10 CET, after having gathered the relevant information, we alerted the Italian, Maltese and Libyan rescue authorities, together with UNHCR and the NGO Pilotes Volontaires via email. We stayed in touch with the relative, but were not able to obtain any more information, and the relative was never able to tell us whether the travellers had reached land. The following day, as we had no means of reaching the travellers directly and were not able to get information from other sources, we decided to close the case. We hope the travellers made it to safety!
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