The boundaries of human resilience on the high seas

    Experiences of borderline situations by rescued and rescuers.   On May 18, 2018 thirteen volunteers leave the harbour of Valetta aboard the Seefuchs toward the Search-and-Rescue Zone north of the Libyan cost in the mediterranean sea. The Boat is 60 years old, an old fishing boat from the GDR transformed to a rescue[…]

“Schikane der Italiener”

138 Menschen kauerten an Deck der Seefuchs, eines nur 26 Meter langen Rettungsschiffs im Mittelmeer. Ohne Schutz vor der Sonne während des Tages, oder vor der Kälte in der Nacht, berichtet der Berliner Seenotretter und Grünenpolitiker Erik Marquardt. Er ist Teil der Besatzung.  

Urgent appeal to the MRCC

In a letter to the MRCC in Rome, the chairman of Sea-Eye, Prof. Dr. Tilman Mischkowsky, calls on the principles of humanitarian emergency relief to be adhered to and criticises the hesitant behaviour of the Italian authority in the last dramatic days: Mr. Vice Admiral Giovanni Pettorino, Mr. Cpt Andrea Tassaro; Dear Sirs of MRCC![…]

Sea-Eye: Letter to MRCC rom

Sea-Eye Chairman Prof. Dr. Tilman Mischkowsky has described the deployment plans of our ships in a letter to the Maritime Rescue Coordination Center Rome (MRCC ROM). Here is the letter in the wording:   Mr. Vice Admiral Giovanni Pettorino, Mr. Cpt Andrea Tassaro; Dear Sirs of MRCC! As Chairman of the Board of Sea-Eye e.V.,[…]

Mission 2 has started: The ‘Seefuchs’ is on its way to the rescue area

  Regensburg/Valletta 28 March 2018 –The private sea rescue NGO Sea-Eye has just started its second rescue mission this year. On Wednesday morning, the 10-person crew under the leadership of skipper Johann Rieß put to sea from Malta. On Thursday, the ship will reach the rescue area off the Libyan coast and start searching for[…]

A Letter to all our Supporters

Dear Friends of Sea-Eye, dear Supporters of our Commitment in the Mediterranean, We are writing to thank you at the year’s end, after cheering, but also difficult experiences. First of all: Everything that became possible and everything that we achieved would not have been possible without your support. You were the rescuers – we were[…]

The Sea-Eye rescues 12 people 

Sea-Eye Mission 17/2017 –  Operations report 09.11.2017   This morning at 02h36 we received a call via satellite phone from the MRCC Rome. They reported a boat in distress at position 33°26N/011°E. After some starting problems of our main engine, we got going at 03h40 and moved towards the indicated position, about 6 nautical miles[…]

Sea-Eye resumes rescue missions

Regensburg (9 September 2017). The private sea rescue organisation Sea-Eye from Regensburg has decided to resume its rescue missions in the Mediterranean. The missions had been temporarily stopped during the past month. In the future, the operations of the two boats, the Sea-Eye and the Seefuchs, will take place in an area that is located[…]

“We leave behind a deadly gap in the Mediterranean”

German NGO halts refugee rescue operations off Libya A German aid group said it was suspending its refugee rescue operations in the Mediterranean Sea citing security concerns after Libya barred foreign vessels from a stretch of water off its coast. Sunday’s announcement comes a day after Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said it was halting the[…]

Sea-Eye suspends planned missions

Today we decided with a heavy heart to temporarily suspend our planned rescue missions in the Mediterranean. I have informed our crews and skippers of this decision. The reason for this is the changed security situation in the Western Mediterranean, after the Libyan Government announced an indefinite and unilateral extension of their territorial waters –[…]

Sea-Eye signed the Code of Conduct

Dear Friends, After intensive consultations – including with our lawyers -, Sea-Eye decided to sign the code of conduct, which the Italian Ministry of the Interior introduced to the NGOs. We complemented this agreement with our own comment on a decisive point in the code. It concerns the technical specifications of our boats. We interpret this point[…]

Sea-Eye’s “Code of Conduct:” We continue to save lives!

Regensburg, Rome, 25 July 2017 – Host Marco Mortone stopped the talks between the Italian Ministry of the Interior and the private sea rescue organisations after only 75 minutes and postponed them to next Friday. After the meeting the private sea rescue organisation Sea-Eye, which was represented by skipper Gunter Körtel, declared: We agree with[…]

From the logbook of the Seefuchs

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.  

Sea-Eye and Seefuchs saved 277 people

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[…]

Logbook: Seefuchs rescues 500 people

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[…]

Gorden Isler: Fight for survival during Mission 6

    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[…]