Last updated: 1.05.2021 at 18:25 (all times in UTC +1)
After the Ocean Viking left the port of Augusta, Sicily, on 14 April, the crew trained at sea for two days. To seek shelter from the oncoming bad weather, the rescue ship temporarily moors in Syracuse, Sicily.
Back in the area of operation, the crew receives information about three distress cases on 21 April and started the search. In increasingly rough seas and together with three merchant ships, the search for one of the boats continued the following day – without any coordination maritime authorities. After hours of searching, on 22dn of April, the crew of the Ocean Viking had to witness the devastating aftermath of the shipwreck of a rubber boat.
236 people are rescued from two overcrowded rubber boats on 27th of April.
The next day, on April 28, the crew was informed about two distress cases. While searching, they witnessed an interception by the Libyan coastguard.
On Thursday, April 29, survivors and crew of the Ocean Viking wait for the assignment of a place of safety. One day later, the Ocean Viking is assigned Augusta as a place of safety, where all survivors disembark on 1st of May.