Overview of boats in distress and empty boats spotted
- 61 persons, aboard 1 boat in distress, were rescued by the NGO vessel Geo Barents (3) and disembarked in Italy
- 107 persons, aboard 1 boat in distress, were rescued by the NGO vessel Open Arms (4) and disembarked in Italy
- Around 210 persons, aboard 3 boats in distress, were intercepted by the so-called Libyan Coast Guard and pulled back to Libya
- The outcome for 40 persons in distress, aboard 1 boat, is unknown
Maltese Search-and-Rescue (SAR) zone
- 70 persons, aboard 1 boat in distress, were rescued by the Italian authorities and disembarked in Italy
- The outcomes for around 305 persons in distress, aboard 6 boats, are unknown
In September 2023, we must assume that the European Border and Coast Guard Agency Frontex was involved in the narrative for around 70 persons, aboard 1 boat in distress sighted by Seabird 2’s crew which was eventually rescued by the Italian authorities. In September, Seabird 2’s crews sighted 5 empty boats, the outcomes for which are unknown.
Details and outcomes regarding selected boats in distress and empty boats
The so-called Libyan Coast Guard are financed, trained and equipped by the European Union and European member states: with such cooperation, European actors co-perpetrate crimes against humanity (8). We demand that the authorities of European member states and the European Union cease their cooperation with Libyan authorities – instead, they must actively engage in Search-and-Rescue operations, in compliance with the law.
This patrol boat was recently given to Libyan actors within the framework of the Emergency Trust Fund for Africa (10). The European Union and European member states must stop their policy of death at sea. Instead of illegally outsourcing European states’ duties to the so-called Libyan Coast Guard, authorities of European member states must comply with the law and engage in search and rescue operations.
- the deadly consequences of European migration and border policies
- the systematic non-assistance by European Member States and their delegation of rescue operations to the Tunisian Coast Guard, even from the Maltese SAR zone
- the unjustified and systematic delays by European Member States in fulfilling their obligations to conduct and coordinate sea rescue in their Search-and-Rescue zones
- the continuous involvement and recurring non-assistance of merchant vessels regarding boats in distress at sea due to the failed migration policies in Europe
- the need for NGO vessels in the central Mediterranean sea in order to uphold the law and save human lives