At approximately 1000L this morning the Sea Watch received reports that a migrant vessel heading from Libya to Europe was in distress. Both the Italian rescue authorities and Watch the Med notified the Sea Watch although these seem to be separate unrelated incidents. 100 persons are said to be on board one of the vessels among them 10 children.
The distress vessel’s last received position was approximately 25NM off the Libyan coast. When the Sea Watch is in sufficient proximity it will deploy its RHIB to gather further information, render basic assistance in the form of radio and tracking equipment and report back to the Sea Watch.
More updates to follow.