1 – Distress signal
The boat in distress is either spotted from the bridge of the SOS MEDITERRANEE vessel or its position is reported by a surrounding vessel or search aircraft. The maritime authorities must then designate the units in charge of the search and rescue case.
2 – Search
The units designated by the maritime authorities coordinate to find the boat in distress. All available means must be used optimally (aircraft, drones, binoculars, radars, rescue boats, etc.).
3 – Evaluation
Once the boat in distress has been located, the ship of SOS MEDITERRANEE deploys rescue equipment with medical personnel on board as well as emergency equipment. The priority for rescuers is to know the nature and degree of distress, in order to adapt their response. They check the condition of the boat as well as the physical and mental health of the people on board.
4 – Stabilization
Rescuers seek to stabilize the situation, i.e. to move away from the risk of deterioration of the danger as quickly as possible by distributing life jackets, lightening the boat and deploying mass floatation devices (buoys, rafts, etc.).
5 – Evacuation
When the most imminent dangers are averted, rescuers evacuate the boat, giving priority to the most vulnerable people (injured, sick, women, children). All these people are then cared for by the medical staff on board the ship chartered by SOS MEDITERRANEE while the rescuers complete the evacuation. The rescue ends after the survivors disembark in a place of safety, where their safety of life is no longer threatened.