Rubber boat with about 80 people in distress off Libya – EU authorities refuse assistance – Survivors abducted to Libya

Yesterday, Sunday, the crew of the surveillance aircraft Colibri witnessed once again a dramatic case of failure to render assistance by the Italian authorities. A rubber boat with over 80 refugees was in distress at sea for over 9 hours and was finally towed back to war-torn Libya by the country’s so-called Coast Guard. At…

Evangelische Kirche in Deutschland (Protestant Church in Germany) continues to support civilian sea-rescue – Air reconnaissance aircraft crucial factor for the rescue of human lives at sea

In the last year alone, more than 3,000 people have drowned in the Central Mediterranean Sea; in 2018, more than 500 have lost their lives already. Without the reconnaissance aircraft “Moonbird”, deployed by Sea-Watch and the Swiss Humanitarian Pilots Initiative (HPI), there would have been 1000 more deaths in 2017 alone. Time and again the…

Civilian mission of reconnaissance aircrafts launched at Europe’s deadliest sea border: Sea-Watch and Humanitarian Pilots Initiative prevents maritime disaster

  On easter sunday, more than 100 Refugees were saved at the last minute from a sinking rubber boat off the coast of Libya, after being spotted by a reconnaissance aircraft far from any rescue ship. At least seven of the occupants had already drowned at this point in time. This describes the current record…