As of 26 July 2016, Sea-Eye has rescued 2896 people.
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The latest news and stories about Sea-Eye and our missions
What drives people to put themselves into such mortal danger? The most difficult living conditions, utter poverty, persecution, hopelessness… The people smugglers take advantage of these facts, promise the refugees a better life in Europe and take their last money. They crowd the people into rubber boats, up to 140 on one boat of 7[…]
Views of Sea-Eye’s new speedboat.
Sea-Eye mission 7: large scale operation together with sailing boat “Astral”. This is their report. 07:20 Two possible sightings at a distance of approx. 14 nautical miles. 07:40 Sightings confirmed: two rubber boats and two ‘fishing’ boats. 07:45 Inform MRCC (Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre in Rome) 07:54 Spanish plane (TransAl) above us. We approach the[…]
Three children drown as Syrian refugees are plucked from freezing waters – with the flow of people showing no signs of slowing.
Amberg in der Oberpfalz, Germany. By Uli Piehler. The Mediterranean Sea has turned into a mass grave for refugees. Last Thursday the Italian navy recovered the wreck of a sunken cutter, with 675 dead bodies inside. Markus Neumann took part in a sea rescue mission in order to help preventing such tragedies. For two weeks the 48-year-old[…]
Off the Libyan coast Tobias Vorburg has saved hundreds of people from drowning – and yet, this time again, there were deaths in the Mediterranean Sea. By Korbinian Eisenberger The dinghy was rocking, the waves were getting stronger in the early morning hours. It was a day at the end of June, and[…]
Nürnberg man rescued 260 refugees with the “Sea-Eye” Since April 2016, the “Sea-Eye” has rescued almost 2,700 refugees in the Libyan Sea. Reinhold Mieth (63) from Nürnberg spent two weeks on board the rescue ship. Mr Mieth, six overcrowded boats, 260 lives, an impressive result. Did the Sea-Eye’s “Mission 5” change you? Mieth: I have[…]
Markt Schwaben, Germany. Rescue assistant Tobias Vorburg from Markt Schwaben, Germany, spent two weeks on the Mediterranean Sea in order to rescue refugees. This is how he fared and what he went through. Certain dramatic scenes are well known from German news and print media. Those film and photo shots of very overcrowded rubber or[…]
By Christopher Dotzler Schwandorf, Germany. On Sunday, the “Sea-Eye” again put to sea. For the nine-member crew it is a humanitarian mission. They want to save lives during their two-week operation. Schwandorf man Günther Pirnke (63) is the skipper. Together with eight other volunteers, the retired police man set off in Valetta, capital of Malta,[…]
This coming weekend, Günther Pirnke from Schwandorf, Germany, will go to sea. He will help to take refugees from the Mediterranean Sea to safety on dry land. By Hubert Heinzl (9 July 2016) Schwandorf. “Mission Seven” will begin this weekend for the man from Schwandorf, Günther Pirnke (62). Starting from the picturesque capital of Malta,[…]
In Augsburger Allgemeine By Bastian Sünkel He could not bear the images of drowning people any longer. Therefore an engineer from Bergheim, Germany, has set off to go to the Mediterranean Sea. To the place where bare survival is at stake. If you have ever seen a refugee boat on the high seas, you know[…]
Achim Stein really wanted to charter a sailing boat for his holidays in autumn and go sailing somewhere in the Mediterranean. But now the general practitioner from the German town of Cronenberg will join the Sea-Eye crew for two weeks in August to help rescuing refugees from the sea. When he was young, Achim Stein[…]
Claudia Benz spent 10 days together with volunteers on the Sea-Eye off the Libyan coast. In an interview with “Mannheimer Morgen”, she talks about her impressions. She has seen images on the spot that we normally only see on TV or in newspapers. Claudia Benz will never forget them. Tauberbischofsheim. Claudia Benz is a true[…]
For shipwrecked refugees in the Mediterranean all depends on fast action; Sea-Eye is collecting money for a patrol boat Regensburg. Next Tuesday Michael Buschheuer will again travel to Malta and from there into the operations area. But this time he is planning something different. With his organisation Sea Eye, the painter has rescued 2,652[…]
Act instead of talking: This is the motto of the Eastern Swiss Pilots’ operation for refugees. It has shown first results. The Sea-Eye was also alerted by the pilots. East Switzerland. “All the preparations and work during the past months were worth it already.” This is a press release quote by Fabio Zgraggen, pilot and[…]
The original operation reports of Sunday and Monday, 26 and 27 June 2016 Sunday, 26 June 2016 02:15 radio message MRCC Rome: Rubber boat with 130 people on position 33-05N 012-17E. Engine is working, boat on course 360 at 4-5 knots. Watch guard wakes up skipper and engineer. 02:35 Machines on and course towards position, taking into account course and speed of rubber boat. 03:20 Radio exchange[…]
Yesterday the private refugee rescue boat Sea-Eye again rescued refugees in the Mediterranean Sea. The organisation reports that, after an emergency call to the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MMRC) in Rome, hundreds of refugees in overloaded rubber boats could be rescued off the coast of Libya. The volunteer helpers of the Sea-Eye provided 115 people[…]
15 June 2016, 08:22 On Tuesday, the rescue boat Sea-Eye and its crew again rescued many people from acute distress. According to a recent report, the crew received an emergency call from the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MMRC) in Rome. Four rubber boats with people in distress had been sighted. Together with the crew of[…]
Open letter at the occasion of the vote in the German Parliament on 17 June 2016 13 June 2016 – The planned classification of Algeria, Morocco and Tunesia as so-called ‘safe countries of origin’ must be prevented. This is what Amnesty International and PRO ASYL demand in an open letter to the Chief Ministers[…]
Michael Buschheuer reports about the sea rescue of African refugees. The Sea-Eye has saved 1,500 people by now. By Sabine Häuslmann Sea-Eye – everything started with a refurbished fishing cutter “To let people drown means moral failure and is not justifiable in any way.” Michael Buschheuer, Sea-Eye founder In the beginning there was the desire[…]
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!