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…


Shipping Company Vroon Complicit in Forced Return

Vos Triton Returns 170 People to Libya In An Illegal Push-Back By Proxy A report by WatchTheMed – Alarm Phone, Mediterranea Saving Humans, Sea-Watch On the 14 June 2021, after being rescued by the merchant vessel Vos Triton in international waters, about 170 people were handed over to the so-called Libyan coastguard and returned to…


Join the Sea-Watch Artwork Contest!

Attention all creative Sea-Watch supporters: we want your artwork for the new Sea-Watch collection! Take action for civil sea rescue and support the missions of our crew with your design. The motto of this Sea-Watch artwork contest is “Ain’t no border high enough”. With it, we want to draw attention to the important work of…