Sea-Watch ship Aurora detained on fabricated grounds

After a ~37-hour rescue operation, assisting the civil rescue organization Open Arms and rescuing 72 people from distress at sea, the Sea-Watch ship Aurora was detained on Monday afternoon by Italian authorities. Sea-Watch denounces the fabrication of reasons for the detention of the ship. Although the situation on board after the rescue deteriorated by the…


Airborne Monthly Factsheet March 2023

Download Factsheet [PDF] This factsheet presents a summary of the distress cases witnessed in March 2023 by Sea-Watch’s Airborne Operations with the aircraft Seabird 2.1 In March 2023, we conducted 12 operations over a total flight time of 77 hours and 14 minutes. We spotted 62 boats, carrying over 2.091 persons2 in distress at sea.…


Airborne Annual Report 2022

In 2022, 105,131 people arrived to Italy by sea, mainly from Tunisia and Libya. In Malta, however, the arrivals were only 444 people. In order to fully put these arrival figures into perspective, the mortality figures as well as numbers of illegal returns (pullbacks) committed by the Tunisian and the so-called Libyan Coast Guard in…