Sea-Watch Update, 8th June 2018

POS REGGIO CALABRIA – SATURDAY 9 JUNE h 0800 The 232 people on board have been at sea for more than 72 hours now, of which two days under bad sea conditions. People are becoming increasingly weakened. The situation is indicative of a worrying lack of search and rescue assets in the Central Mediterranean Sea.…


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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

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