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Airborne Monthly Factsheet August 2020

This factsheet outlines a summary of the distress cases witnessed in August 2020 by Sea-Watch’s Airborne crew with Moonbird. In August 2020 we flew 18 missions, with a total flight time of 81 hours and 43 minutes. We spotted around 704 persons in distress. Download Full Report Overview of the distress cases and empty boats…


Airborne Factsheet November 2020 – January 2021

This factsheet presents a summary of distress cases witnessed by Sea-Watch’s Airborne crew from the aircraft Moonbird.* From November 2020 to January 2021, primarily due to bad weather in the Central Mediterranean Sea, we flew only 16 missions with a total flight time of 73 hours and 22 minutes. We spotted around 165 persons in…


Airborne Factsheet Merchant Vessels 2020

Merchant Vessel Involvement in Sea Rescue Operations  Overview of relevant cases spotted by Airborne Operations in 2020 Due to the seizure of NGO vessels and the lack of a state-led European Search-and-Rescue (SAR) programme, operations which retrieve people from distress at sea currently rely primarily on the shipping industry. Captains and crews of merchant vessels…


Airborne Crew meldet zahlreiche Boote in Seenot

Nachdem unsere Kapitänin Carola Rackete von den Staatsanwälten auf Sizilien vergangene Woche ein zweites Mal angehört wurde – diesmal rund vier Stunden – bleibt die Sea-Watch 3, für uns in keiner Weise nachvollziehbar, weiter beschlagnahmt. Die aktuelle Crew macht aus der Not eine Tugend und nutzt die Liegezeit in Licata für notwendige Entrostungs- und Lackierarbeiten.…


Airborne Annual Report 2021

In 2021, 1.553 people drowned while attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea from Libya to Europe. Nevertheless, the European Union and its Member States do not consider it necessary to create safe and legal escape routes. The situation in the Central Mediterranean is politically intentional and is being decided upon again every day. European migration…