Thursday night saw another dramatic rescue of more than 400 people from a heavily overcrowded wooden boat. There are now more than 800 people on the SEA-EYE 4, which has since set course for Lampedusa.
The crews of SEA-EYE 4 and RISE ABOVE have been working together tirelessly since the early morning hours. Together, they were able to save 325 lives in 5 rescue operations. 152 children were among the survivors.
While the formation of a new German federal government is being negotiated in Berlin, civil sea rescue organizations in the Mediterranean continue to fight for every single human life. Six organizations are calling for the future German federal government to drastically change their migration policy.
Strong winds are coming up in the operational area and on board the SEA-EYE 4 there are two heavily pregnant women and four babies. The crew had rescued them from a small wooden boat on Wednesday together with 23 other people. 18 of the rescued people are minors. Now these people need a port of safety quickly.
After weeks of political blockade, we were able to free our rescue ship and send the SEA-EYE 4 into its second rescue mission in the Mediterranean. The mission is dedicated to our deceased Sea-Eye chairman Prof. Dr. med. Tilman Mischkowsky.
Due to the devastating situation in Afghanistan, Sea-Eye and over 300,000 people demand in an open letter to the German Chancellor Angela Merkel to establish safe passages for all people who are now forced to leave the country.
After a three-month detention of the alliance ship SEA-EYE 4, the inspectors of the Italian coast guard released the SEA-EYE 4 from the so-called administrative detention on Wednesday evening, August 18, 2021.