People drowning in the Mediterranean – civilian rescue ships systematically detained

The humanitarian situation in the central Mediterranean has become dramatically worse: Although in recent weeks more people have tried to flee from Libya, almost all active sea rescue vessels are currently detained due to absurd allegations. Consequently, there is no civilian sea rescue vessel present in the Mediterranean.   Alleged safety deficiencies to prevent rescue…

While Sea-Watch 3 already rescued 119 people in three separate distress cases, Moonbird today spots more people at risk of drowning.

Thursday morning, the Sea-Watch 3 was alerted by our civil search aircraft Moonbird of multiple distress cases and immediately engaged in the successful rescue of 60 survivors on board a rubber boat in international waters. Before conducting a second rescue of 17 people, Sea-Watch found an empty fibreglass boat and witnessed 150  more people being…