Menschen ohne Rettungswesten auf einem Schlauchboot im Mittelmeer

+++ Rescue report starting on December 14: Following two rescues 159 people safely disembarked in Taranto (Italy) +++

Summary

On 20.12.2019, 162 people were rescued from distress at sea in two challenging missions. After a woman, her small child and her sister had to be evacuated by helicopter on 22 December 2109, the remaining 159 people on board the Ocean Viking disembarked in Taranto (Italy) one day before Christmas.

Chronology

December 14th: Ready to resume her lifesaving mission, the Ocean Viking just left Marseille for the Central Mediterranean. Teams on board are preparing to face strong winds and high waves as they rescue people from boats in distress at sea.

December 20th: Our teams rescued 112 people from a deflating rubber boat.

After eight hours of search, the very same day 50 people are rescued from a wooden boat.

December 22nd: Without being assigned a place of safety assigned the Ocean Viking seeks shelter from the deteriorating weather throughout the day.  In the early evening, a woman who was under medical observation – together with her child and her sister – was evacuated.

In the late evening, the Italian authorities designate Taranto (Italy) as a place of safety.

December 23rd: The 159 survivors on board the Ocean Viking disembark in Taranto (Italy)

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Photo credits (cover photo): Johan Persson
Video and photo credits: Laurence Bondard / SOS MEDITERRANEE