The Merchant community must be aware about the high possibility of migrant crafts sightings during their transits; especially through the Channel of Sicily and the Alboran Sea in vicinity of Strait of Gibraltar approaches.
In case a master assists a SOLAS situation at sea, he must know that in accordance with SOLAS Convention Chapter V, Regulation 33 and SAR Convention Chapter 3.1.9. Contracting States are firmly obligate to support them to disembark the assisted personnel.
 The European Border and Coast Guard Agency, also known as FRONTEX, is an agency of the European Union tasked with border control of the European Schengen Area, in coordination with the border and coast guards of Schengen Area member states.
 In accordance with the international Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) "master of a ship at sea which is in a position to be able to provide assistance, on receiving information from any source that persons are in distress at sea, is bound to proceed with all speed to their assistance, if possible informing them or the search and rescue service that the ship is doing so…"