As of 20 August 2016, Sea-Eye has rescued 3950 people.
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The latest news and stories about Sea-Eye and our missions
The Sea-Eye is cruising the Mediterranean to rescue refugees. Drirven by a single aim: to save lives. Amberg in der Oberpfalz, Germany. By Christopher Dotzler. In the Mediterranean hundreds of people are drowning regularly: men, women and children. Michael Buschheuer from Regensburg, Germany, decided to stop looking on. As did several other people from the[…]
Since 06.45, we have been on our way, going east on the 24-nm-line west of Tripolis. The ‘Astral’ (a Spanish rescue boat) is in close proximity, east of us. 08.05 We sight a fast rubber boat approaching us from astern. Fearing that this could turn into a similar case to yesterday’s incident (the ‘Bourbon Argos‘, a ship[…]
Christian Eckert from Cologne, Germany, tells of dramatic moments on the private rescue boat “Sea-Eye”. Originally Christian Eckert (37) had planned to sacrifice two weeks of his leave in order to set an example and to help. Now the man from Cologne has already been on special leave for almost two months, travelling on a[…]
Michael Buschheuer is the chairman of the organisation “Sea-Eye”. On Saturday, he and his fiancée Hannelore said “I do” in Regensburg, Germany. By Tino Lex. Regensburg. On Saturday morning an unusual scene met the eyes of people in front of the old City Hall: men and women in bright yellow safety vests were standing in front of a[…]
Sea-Eye: Help for refugees is arriving from Regensburg, Germany. This year again the Mediterranean will become a graveyard for thousands of refugees. Regensburg man Michael Buschheuer decided to stop looking on and initiated the sea rescue organisation Sea-Eye. Since April, the alternating crews have rescued 3,890 people. But the recent terrorist attacks in Bavaria, Germany,[…]
Since April 2016, the Sea-Eye, a 60-year-old refurbished fishing cutter, has been patrolling the sea off the Libyan coast. The volunteer organisation Sea-Eye e.V. has already rescued close to 4,000 people in distress at sea. By Peter Berger. Some people have the impulse to do something. To not keep looking on while in the Mediterranean[…]
A growing number of refugees start their journey to Europe in Egypt – including more and more Egyptians. By Paul-Anton Krüger. Abdallah grandly sits on a red plastic chair. He is the master of a beach in Abu Qir, a town by the Mediterranean Sea, 20 kms East of Alexandria. Behind him several buildings with[…]
The Mediterranean Sea has developed the reputation for being the world’s most dangerous crossing. It’s thought more than 3,000 people have died in its waters this year.
By Irma Held. Schwandorf, Germany. These days Günther Pirnke is almost always at sea. As of Saturday for three weeks – this time privately. His two volunteer voyages as a skipper in the Mediterranean continue to have an effect – and probably will for a long time. Not physically. The 63-year-old is fit and in training. The[…]
Twenty-three-year-old social education worker Raphael Brodbeck takes on a very special mission off the coast of Libya. Raphael Brodbeck will do what most of us would like doing, but do not dare to: to help people in mortal danger on the spot. This coming Saturday the 23-year-old from Therwil, Switzerland, will check in on the[…]
Hans-Peter Buschheuer speaks with Dieter Kassel Every month hundreds of refugees die on their way across the Mediterranean. Organisations like ‘Sea-Eye e.V.’ are trying to help at sea. But in order to fight the misery effectively, there is a need to consider military options off Libya, says Sea-Eye co-founder Hans-Peter Buschheuer. The number of refugees[…]
Bert Schuler from Neuburg, Germany, spent two weeks off the Libyan coast searching for refugee boats. By Verena Belzer Neuburg. Bert Schuler from Neuburg decided to stop looking on: on board the Sea-Eye he spent two weeks searching for refugee boats in the Mediterranean – and saved many people from certain death. Doing this he[…]
02:00 The guard hears cries for help and whistles and sees weak light signals. Through our night vision device we sight a smallish boat holding some people. We launch the dinghy onto waves that are 1.5 metres high. Using a searchlight we head towards the boat: it is a small wooden fishing boat powered by an[…]
06:15 We sight a wooden boat, 17 nautical miles off the Libyan coast, 40 nm west of Tripolis. 06:30 Sighting of a second boat. At this point the first boat is clearly identifiable as an empty fishing boat. 06:35 We launch the dinghy and inspect the wooden boat. The boat is empty, “rescued” is written on its side,[…]
Within a few days, the Regensburg ship has rescued almost 750 refugees from sinking boats. 1 August 2016. Regensburg, Germany. On Monday morning, the Sea-Eye crew again came to the rescue of refugees on sinking boats. They found 245 people on two disabled boats in distress. Only two days earlier, the Regensburg boat had already saved the[…]
05:04 Italian coast guard call and request that we head towards search position. 06:40 Sunrise; we sight a boat, 18 nm north-west of Tripolis, take dinghy off suspension and launch it. We report to the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC). 06:45 We sight second boat and call the MRCC again. They tell us a battle ship is on[…]
By Ahmed Elumami TRIPOLI (Reuters) – More than 120 bodies of migrants who died trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe have washed up around Sabratha in western Libya this month, the city’s mayor said on Sunday. Hussein Thwadi said bodies had washed up on a daily basis, with 53 found on a single day[…]
The Italian coast guard was assisted by a British vessel deployed as part of the European Union’s Eunavfor Med, an Irish-flagged ship and craft operated by the NGOs, SOS Mediterranee, Jugend Rettet, Sea Watch and Sea Eye.
The morning of 29 July 2016 saw a dramatic rescue action. This is the report by Sea-Eye’s Mission 8 crew: 04:00 Engine gets started and search begins. Before sunrise at… 05:30 We sight a rubber boat, approximately 18 nm north-west of Tripolis, holding about 110 men and 30 women. A bit later, sighting of a second boat. Within 1.5[…]
How we rescue people from mortal danger
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
At Sea and on Land. People for Sea-Eye. Here you meet four of them.
Prof. Dr. Tilman Mischkowsky
Eva-Maria Deininger, PhD
Who are we, what are we doing? The following eight people (of 250) explain why they committed to Sea-Eye .
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.”
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.”
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?”
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.”
Udo Nuffer (52):
“In no way must we be moved to silence the voice of compassion in ourselves.” Albert Schweitzer
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.
- This is the cost for Sea-Eye missions to continue until the end of the year.
Lend a Hand
- We are looking for people with a heart and with skills: seamen and women, technicians, engineers, medical doctors, nurses..... And you!