Already during its first mission, the AURORA proved what a valuable asset it will be to the civilian fleet:
On the evening of May 29th, the initiative Watch The Med Alarm Phone reported a boat in distress within the Maltese Search and Rescue Zone with over 80 people on board – water was already entering the boat. First, the sailing vessel NADIR of the organization RESQSHIP reached the position of the boat and was able to provide people with life jackets necessary for their survival. Shortly after, the rescue ship AURORA of Sea-Watch arrived and started to evacuate the people. All rescued people could be brought safely on board the AURORA and receive the best possible basic care. Although the European authorities were aware of the maritime emergency, only a FRONTEX drone circled above the boat, but did not initiate a rescue. After the rescue, the AURORA set course north and made several requests to the Italian authorities to assign a safe port. In the meantime, the rescued people were able to disembark safely in Lampedusa, Italy.