Amidst a deadly week in the Mediterranean and after the teams of SOS MEDITERRANEE and MSF carried out three rescue operations, the 213 people brought to safety disembarked in Messina on Sunday, the 24th of November.
November 9th: The Ocean Viking leaves the port of Marseille (France) heading south. In Marseille, supplies were refilled, part of the crew changed and works were made to prepare the ship for the coming winter months.
— SOS MEDITERRANEE (@SOSMedIntl) November 9, 2019
November 10th: Near Corsica, the teams carry out drills at sea.
November 12th: On the way to the Libyan search and rescue region, the Ocean Viking has to adjust her course due to bad weather conditions.
UPDATE: In winds gusting 64 knots and with waves of up to 4 meters high, the #OceanViking continues its course south towards the Central #Mediterranean, ready to resume lifesaving search and rescue operations. pic.twitter.com/alFCehAsb5
— SOS MEDITERRANEE (@SOSMedIntl) November 12, 2019
November 13th: At 04:00 pm, the Ocean Viking reaches the Libyan search and rescue region and informs the responsible coordinating authorities of her readiness for operation.
November 14th – 18th: On board Ocean Viking, the teams train for emergencies. Due to the decreasing temperatures, training is also focused on detecting and treating hypothermia.
November 19th: 95 people (updated figure) – including 11 women, 4 of them pregnant and 6 very young children – are rescued from a rubber dinghy in distress.
🔴 BREAKING: The #OceanViking has just rescued 94 people from a rubber boat in distress. Survivors include 11 women – four of whom are pregnant – as well as 6 very young children. pic.twitter.com/GPd5vWPtkx
— SOS MEDITERRANEE (@SOSMedIntl) November 19, 2019
November 20th: 30 people are rescued from a small fiberglass boat. The boat was spotted via binoculars from the bridge. Survivors report to having been at sea since late last night.
November 21st: 90 people are rescued from a rubber boat.
BREAKING Relief onboard #OceanViking as 90 people are rescued from a rubber boat in distress, located following a search effort which lasted almost 24 hours. Survivors report having left Libya on Tuesday night: 2 days at sea before they were finally spotted 82 NM from the coast. pic.twitter.com/ERI8DoOfof
— SOS MEDITERRANEE (@SOSMedIntl) November 21, 2019
November 22nd: A woman in the late stage of her pregnancy with twins, and a man with gunshot wounds sustained in Libya, have been successfully evacuated from the OceanViking to Malta by helicopter. The MSF medical team have deemed that both cases require a level of care that cannot be provided on the ship. 213 rescued people remain onboard, awaiting disembarkation in a place of safety.
November 24th: 213 survivors disembark in Messina (Sicily)
PRESS RELEASE #OceanViking: 213 survivors disembark in Messina
"The past few days have been particularly deadly in the Central Med. There is a need of urgent coordinated intervention to prevent further loss of life" N. Romaniuk, @SOSMedIntl SAR Coordinator https://t.co/x19vDIMOS6
— SOS MEDITERRANEE (@SOSMedIntl) November 24, 2019
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Photo credits: Avra Fialas / SOS MEDITERRANEE