Sea-Watch 3 rescues over 400 people from distress at sea

The rescue ship Sea-Watch 3 departed for the Central Mediterranean on 10 October. In 7 rescue operations in the search and rescue zone off the Libyan coast, the crew has rescued over 400 people from distress at sea. They were supported by Sea-Watch’s reconnaissance aircraft Seabird. On Sunday morning, 17 October 2021, the crew of…


Airborne Monthly Factsheet July 2021

This factsheet outlines a summary of the distress cases witnessed in July 2021 by Sea-Watch’s Airborne crews from their two aircraft Moonbird and Seabird.* In July 2021 we conducted 19 operations, with a total flight time of 114 hours and 54 minutes. We spotted around 1.517 persons in distress aboard 38 different boats.

#DefundFrontex: for a state-funded civil sea rescue program

Sea-Watch and 21 other organizations are calling with #DefundFrontex to redirect Frontex budget to build a government-led and funded, nationwide and civil sea rescue program. Since 2015, over 18,000 people have drowned in the Mediterranean. They are the direct consequence of the European policy of closure, which finds its practical implementation with the European border…


So-called Libyan Coast Guard firing shots at migrant boat in distress

Last Wednesday, 30.06.2021, the crew of our reconnaissance aircraft Seabird witnessed a brutal attack by the so-called Libyan Coast Guard on 50 people in distress at sea: Summary of the incident During a mission with our reconnaissance aircraft Seabird on 30 June 2021, we overheard a message at 13:39 UTC about a distress at sea…