On November 19th at 09:01 the duty officer of the State Maritime Rescue Coordination Center (MRCC) of the State Enterprise "Marine Search and Rescue Service" of the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine received a distress signal from the tug "Parallel", under the flag of Ukraine, which was heading from Kherson Skadovsk.
The duty officer announced "distress" stage and worked through immediate actions in order to conduct search and rescue operation.
The decision was made to use specialized fleet of SE "MSRS", that is search and rescue speed boats PRK-01 and PRK-02, which started moving towards the place of distress at 9.11.
According to the regulations of International Aeronautical and Maritime Search and Rescue Manual (IAMSAR) the vessels, which at that time were at the shortest distance to the vessel "Parallel", that is tanker "Arcadia" and tug "Gepard".
At10:17 the MRCC duty officer received the confirmation, that 6 crew members were rescued and they all are aboard of the tanker "Arcadia". There was no threat for the lives of the crew members.