From the logbook of the Seefuchs: We have been engaged in rescue operations without break since our arrival in the area off the Libyan coast. For almost 48 hours. This has only been possible thanks to an excellent crew with fantastic skills. Everyone is going way beyond themselves.
This Friday marks another important milestone for the sea rescue organisation Sea-Eye: during the 15 months since our first mission in April 2016, our crews have managed to rescue 10,169 people. During three rescue operations in the morning of 16 June, Sea-Eye’s Mission 7 crew rescued 101 people from acute distress, and Mission 3 of[…]
Saturday, 10 June 2017 At 08h00, following an emergency call, the Sea-Eye (Mission 7) rescued 132 people from a damaged rubber boat and took them on board. The group included two pregnant women, one of whom needed to be stabilised, and a man who required medical care for exhaustion. In the evening the 132 people were[…]
From the logbook of the Seefuchs: Today, on 9 June 2017, the Seefuchs took part in several rescue operations. Together with the Iuventa, the Vos Prudence and the Sea-Watch we searched in the morning for a wooden boat in distress and finally found and rescued it. The Vos Prudence took the approximately 100 people on[…]
The way I live causes the way you die. About the honourable attempt to render an unjust world more bearable By Gorden Isler The floor under my feet moves slightly from one side to the other. There is almost no wind. The midday sun burns down without mercy. The 60-year-old[…]
Rescue operation on Thursday, 25 May 2017 Around 07h00 we received a call from the Vos Prudence to assist with the rescue of several rubber boats. On our way there, we found another rubber boat, which we supplied with life vests and bottled water. Before the provision of the first boat had been completed, further[…]
Klaus Becker (Mission 5) Saturday, 13.05.2017, 08h10. The skipper wakes the crew. Short situation meeting on deck: the MRCC signals the presence of rubber boats and sends coordinates. We still have some time for a quick wash and a small breakfast. We put on our life vests, helmets and whatever else is necessary.[…]
From the logbook of Sea-Eye skipper Orlamünder Thursday, 18.05.2017. At 06:00 we inform the MRCC Rome of our coordinates. From 06:10 onwards we receive information by radio about sightings of overcrowded boats in distress. At 07:45 our dinghy Charlotti approaches an overcrowded wooden boat with more than 100 passengers. At 08:25, thanks to good weather[…]
By Ulli Scherr The new, second ship of Regensburg refugee rescue organisation “Sea-Eye” has left for its first patrolling journey off the Libyan coast in order to help refugees in distress. The accusations of the Italian judiciary against the refugee aid workers have been cleared up. The organisation bought the 60-year-old fishing cutter “Seefuchs” a[…]
Rescuing refugees in the Mediterranean: Ammertal man lives through dramatic events Two weeks in the Mediterranean: Johann Hautmann from Wurmansau, Germany, has returned from his rescue mission. His experiences are forever engraved in his memory. “When you have looked at their faces only once…,” Johann Hautmann says. Only when you have seen the utterly exhausted[…]
“People became desperate and began jumping into the water” From the Logbook auf Captain Chris Orlamünder We received information of MRCC Rome about 4 rubber boats at 0800 per Satellite phone with coordinates of 4 sightings. Upon request we immediately began proceeding to the position and searching for the vessels in distress.At 0930 we saw[…]
Petra Oeckler (Mission 3): This is how I experienced the drama in the Mediterranean Tripolis/ Ebensfeld. Easter Sunday in the Mediterranean, 18 nautical miles off the coast of Libya. The rescue ship Sea-Eye is running on emergency power after a smoldering fire and is heading towards its home port Valetta. Then the crew get[…]
Together with the Iuventa crew, Sea-Eye’s Mission 4 rescued 147 people from distress. After the successful evacuation of the refugees, the wooden boat was destroyed.
From the logbook of Sea-Eye skipper Claus-Peter Reisch This morning we received an MRCC call via the Aquarius (SOS Méditerrannée ship): two boats sighted. We immediately headed towards the indicated position and had the MRCC Rome confirm the request. 9:25: Sighting of the two wooden boats. 9:40: Start of the rescue operation together with[…]
At the moment, a massive campaign is ongoing against sea rescue by NGOs, including Sea-Eye. This malicious campaign is mainly led by the Italian Movemento 5 Stelle, the “five star movement” of right-wing comedian Beppe Grillo and other groups belonging to the extreme right. The accusations are based on rumours that were spread deliberately, but also[…]
The accusations are driven by a disgraceful attitude, the bishops say. Rome – Italy’s Committee of Bishops (CEI) has called the accusations against the human rights organisations that are rescuing refugees in the Mediterranean “disgraceful.” “These accusations are driven by a disgraceful attitude held by those who do not want to rescue people who are[…]
Regensburg photographer Daniel Kempf-Seifried took part in Sea-Eye’s Mission 3. He documented the dramatic rescue of 970 people during the Easter weekend 2017.
On the Saturday before Easter, in the morning, we received a radio message about the position of a wooden boat from the Phoenix (aid organisation MOAS ship) and the Iuventa (Jugend rettet ship), which were already involved in a rescue operation. The wooden boat held 25 men, whom we recovered without complications with our dinghy[…]
There are incidents currently taking place in the Mediterranean that private rescue organisations have never experienced quite like that: within 48 hours they saved thousands of people from distress. Due to the good weather, numbers are likely to increase. Within 48 hours, private rescue organisations in the Mediterranean have rescued several thousand people from extremely[…]