Sea Rescue Operations off the African Coast

As of 20 August 2016, Sea-Eye has rescued 3950 people.

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Our Work

How we rescue people from mortal danger
To allow people to drown is a moral failure.

Sea-Eye wants to help rescuing people in distress and in danger of drowning during their highly dangerous crossing of the Mediterranean Sea. With our boat, a refurbished fishing cutter, we search for those in distress off the Libyan coast. The most important rescue measure is to send an SOS signal and to initiate professional help.

  • FIND PEOPLE IN DISTRESS

    The refugees in their rubber and wooden boats have almost no chance of survival

  • INITIATE THE RESCUE

    The boats must be secured, an SOS signal sent

  • CARE FOR THE INJURED

    Many are exhausted and sick from the strains of their journey

  • RESCUE AND EVACUATE

    Take the rescued people to safety

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The Team

At Sea and on Land. People for Sea-Eye. Here you meet four of them.
Michael Buschheuer
Michael Buschheuer
Founder and Director
“I am a passionate sailor. During a sailing cruise in the Mediterranean Sea, the absurd situation fully sank in: I am relaxing here while only a few hundred nautical miles away, people drown because no one is helping them.”
Prof. Dr. Tilman Mischkowsky
Prof. Dr. Tilman Mischkowsky
Chief Medical.
I am 74 years old. I can carry a donkey’s load on my back. And I only have time left for really important things. In other words: I only spend time on what is truly outstanding.
Eva-Maria Deininger, PhD
Eva-Maria Deininger, PhD
Fund Raising
I read an article about Sea-Eye in my local paper. I immediately decided that I wanted to support this NGO in word and deed.
Hans-Peter Buschheuer
Hans-Peter Buschheuer
Press and Public Information
Eighty years ago people fled from persecution in Germany. Many received help, but many lost their lives during their flight, because no one took them in. That should be enough of a reminder to us

Celebrities Support Sea-Eye

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Sea-Eye requires € 250,000 for the rescue operations. Your donation helps us to continue with our mission.

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HUMANITARIAN MISSION

Who are we, what are we doing? The following eight people (of 250) explain why they committed to Sea-Eye .
THE ARCHEOLOGIST

Ursula Putz, PhD (46):
“Our most valuable possession is our life. Who grants us the right to decide how and if a human being may survive? I can no longer bear these senseless deaths in the Mediterranean Sea and absolutely refuse to accept them. A human life is and forever remains a human life!”

THE MEDICAL EXPERT

Wilfried Schnappauf (66):
“I joined the project because it is highly humanitarian and, as regards the boat, technically and nautically challenging. Within the limits of my abilities I want to make the world a good place for my granddaughter. I am 66 years old and three missions on the Sea-Eye have only strengthened my resolve.”

THE MEDICAL DOCTOR

Achim Stein, PhD (54)
“I have been working as a general practitioner for 22 years, and I am happy to offer my medical expertise to these missions. There it is much more urgently needed than in our smug and pampered society, where medical services too often degenerate into the treatment of “luxury aches.”

THE NURSE

Renate Barnsteiner (58)
“I decided to join a Sea-Eye mission because I live a good life, and I could no longer passively watch the refugees’ misery. I am hugely grateful to have participated in our first sea rescue operation, which took place without deaths and injuries.”

THE SKIPPER

Markus Neumann (46):
“I believe that we all come from the same source. Some call it divine. How could I therefore passively watch my brothers and sisters drown?”

THE CONSULTANT

Friedhold Ulonska (59):
“All human beings are equal. Would you like to drown? That is why I support Sea-Eye. Freedom must not come at the cost of one’s life. Not in Europe. Therefore – Sea-Eye.”

THE ENGINEER

Udo Nuffer (52):
“In no way must we be moved to silence the voice of compassion in ourselves.” Albert Schweitzer

THE LAWYER

Sebastian Frings-Neß (46):
“European politics regarding refugees have failed due to egotism and nationalism. On the Sea-Eye we live European humanism.”

WHAT CAN I DO?

Four ways of supporting Sea-Eye e.V.

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250,000

/per year
  • This is the cost for Sea-Eye missions to continue until the end of the year.
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