YMN’s tanker Med Baltic has rescued 13 migrants from the water off the coast of Italy from a capsized craft
Fast reactions by the crew of YMN Tanker’s 2011-built, 8,000-dwt IMO type II chemicals and oil tanker Med Baltic led to the rescue of 13 migrants from a capsized small craft in the water close to Italy.
The Eregli shipyard-built Med Baltic was on a voyage from Lavera, France to Derince in Turkey when an able seaman spotted the small craft capsized and people in the water. He reported the situation to the bridge.
The Master of the vessel immediately contacted Cagliari/Sardegna MRCS and YMN Tanker. In order to rescue the refugees, the Captain turned Med Baltic’s course to the boat’s location at full speed.
After Med Baltic arrived at the capsized boat’s location, the rescue operation was started immediately. The 13 people were rescued with a team comprised of the vessel’s crew and the Italian Coast Guard.
Given that there may be more people in the water, the search and rescue (SAR) operation continued with the participation of the SAR helicopter and other nearby vessels.
At the end of the eight-hour search and rescue operation, the operation was ended following instructions of Cagliari Radio.
Unlike the situation with Maersk Etienne, the authorities allowed the transfer of refugees onto the Italian Coast Guard boat. Med Baltic continued its voyage towards the next port.
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